The average American gets a new mobile phone every 22 months, ditching over 150 million “old” devices in 2010 alone. Only about 11% were recycled. Along with the phones go the battery chargers: About 100,000 tons of chargers end up in the trash annually, in part because they’re often not compatible with anything else, and also because—just like with phones—most consumers want something that looks new.
One company hopes to change that with a charger designed as something people will want to keep for years, or even a lifetime, if similar mobile devices still exist decades from now. The Future Proof Charging Nest, handmade from reclaimed wood, claims to be “extinction proof” as devices evolve, and it looks good enough that consumers should be reluctant to throw it out.