New research from the Australian National University has found that cell phone accessories such as lanyards can be made from materials that are far more environmentally friendly than traditional plastic.
The research, published in the journal Applied Physics Letters, was conducted to address the concern that traditional cell phone cases could be contributing to deforestation, a phenomenon that is linked to climate change.
The study examined the use of synthetic plastics in case shields for mobile phones to determine if they could be more environmentally-friendly than the material used in conventional case shields.
In addition to the research, the team also created a 3D model of the protective materials used in their prototypes.
The results show that the materials can be created from natural rubber, polyester, or a combination of the two.
In this case, the researchers are also able to use renewable materials for lanyarding, such as rubber and polyester from the Amazon.
In their study, the teams tested the protective lanyders on their prototypes and found that their materials could be made with a fraction of the plastic used in traditional cases.
The team has been working on this project for a number of years and their work has gained global recognition for its use of natural materials and sustainable development.
In the study, they also demonstrated that the protective case shields are able to protect mobile phones against solar radiation, which is the primary cause of cell phone damage.
This is important because cell phone usage is predicted to increase by as much as 3 billion people by 2050.
“We are hoping that our findings will lead to a greater understanding of how the protective coating works and how to use it to reduce environmental impact,” Professor Greg Lyle said.
“This can be used in conjunction with other technology such as solar panels or other sustainable solar energy sources to reduce our impact on the environment.”
Professor Lyle added that this research has implications for the development of other environmentally-responsible cell phone designs.
“Our findings provide a new way for mobile phone case designers to design for a sustainable and eco-friendly future,” he said.
In terms of protecting the mobile phone, Professor Lyles said the protective material has the potential to reduce the damage that could be done by solar radiation by increasing the thickness of the casing, and this in turn increases the likelihood of the phone surviving for years after it has been lost.
“While solar radiation is a major concern, its impact is largely limited to areas of direct sun exposure, where it can be easily removed by a regular phone case,” Professor Lyles said.
The researchers have also designed the lanyds to be environmentally friendly and have a lifespan of around three years.
“It has also been demonstrated that we can incorporate natural rubber and other materials into the case to make the protective shield more durable,” Professor Paul Henshaw, the lead researcher on the study said.
One of the main reasons for concern is that lanyarded mobile phones can be washed with a water softener that is toxic to aquatic life, which could lead to the death of aquatic species.
This has been reported by the Australian Federal Government.
In a statement, the Australian Conservation Foundation said that the research shows that a protective lorry shield can be designed using natural materials that can be recycled.
“The benefits of the research and technology to mitigate environmental damage in the environment are enormous,” said spokesperson Peter O’Neill.
“A lorry can carry hundreds of tonnes of mobile phones, and even if they are only used for brief periods, they are a major environmental and economic burden.
It is vital that we reduce the environmental impact of these mobile phones while we have the capability to reuse them in the future.”
The research was funded by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Australian Research Council (ARC), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The research team will present their findings at the annual meeting of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Adelaide next month.
This article has been updated to include a quote from Professor Paul Lyle.