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‘Born to die’: Self-destructing mobile phones

The average lifespan of a mobile phone is about 12 to 18 months, depending on your chosen service provider. But what if instead of discarding your outdated model, the device could simply self-destruct, reducing landfill e-waste and airborne toxins?


‘Transient electronics’ means bio-compatible devices that just disappear or dissolve at the end of their useful life without posing a threat to the environment.

The self-destructing microchip made of natural fibres is part of a project called ‘Born to Die’.