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Apple's new iPhone 3G will be shipped on July 11 in a potato starch paper tray. Apple placed an order with Dutch company PaperFoam, which also makes packages for Motorola. The company confirmed this today to Dutch blog Bright. According to CEO Hans Arentsen, Apple ordered "millions of paperfoam packages" for its new 3G iPhone …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Move on - nothing to see.

  2. Tim
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    I used to bulk order Blank CDs in the nineties (when they used to cost over a quid each!). They arrived in boxes filled with expanded starch "wotsits". These were not only biodegradable, but also quite edible.

    Not as cheesy as their prepackaged cousins, and maybe not recommended, but i did chobble my way through a fair few.

    Why dont apple make their packaging out ...... dried apples?

  3. George

    And this is news?

    Come on! This is just more hype. I expect more from the Reg, where's the cynicism?!

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Jobs Horns

    Shipped in potatoes... be bought by potatoes.

  5. The Prevaricator

    greener apple...

    Granny Smith?

    I'll get me coat.

  6. dervheid

    Can it be cut up...

    and deep fried though.

    As a Scot, I have to know. May end up on the menu at the local chippy.

  7. Hairy

    Shipped in Potatoes

    Shipped or Chipped?

  8. English Bob


    iPhone - all your survival needs in one environmentally friendly package (phone excepted).

  9. Adam Buckland

    Why aren't they using

    Palm Pulp, natural byproduct, totally compstable & low carbon footprint...

    Adam who's company sells Palm Pulp Tarys...

  10. Edward

    Pathetic. Rant ahead.

    Come on El Reg, what has happened to you recently...

    Why on EARTH would I care what box the iPhone is going be be shipped in? Should I expect similar reports for Ericsson and Nokia's? No? Oh! Because It's an iPhone I'm expected to give a shit? Here, watch me caring...

    Seriously, its just a fucking phone, nothing more. End of fucking story. Move on. I'm sick and fucking tired of hearing about it. It's not even that good a phone. Even if it was, even if it was the BEST fucking phone EVER made, had a GUI controlled by thought alone, ran on fucking cold fusion technology, got you higher than crack and made you irresistible to the opposite sex, even then, I'd be bored of fucking hearing about it by now.

    Remeber when Paris Hilton was the ONLY thing you reported on for about two months? This is MUCH MUCH worse. Please for the love of GOD just shut the fuck up about the iPhone, let Apple do their own promotion for the first time in 10 years.

    Am I the only one who feels this way? Either way, rant over. I'm fed up with El Reg and I'm off to Slashdot for a few months.

    Cue the fucking HILARIOUS coat/hilton references. Really, go on. No, honest! They're still funny! PLEASE make sure you explain your icon. I'm serious, don't forget. I'm writing them all down and if just one of you doesn't let me know, it'll fuck up my dataset FOREVER and I shall just cry and cry and cry.

  11. Benedict

    @ Tim

    I admit I've eaten one of those before. But to "chobble my way through a fair few"? Ya weirdo!

  12. John Bayly


    Good to hear I wasn't the only person to try them!

  13. Frank

    @Everyone re. Edward

    I think he's been chobbling too many of those wotsits. Maybe it's an allergy, or maybe they're not as green and 'pure' as was thought.

  14. Anonymous Coward

    @ Edward

    Bah you need to drink less coffee. As you say its just a phone, get over it. BTW I just got back from a marathon 8 min stint at Slashdot, now I'm back.

  15. Anonymous Coward


    Are we to take it that you're not entirely happy with the amount of coverage the iPhone gets on El Reg?

    Joke icon because... Ha! no explaination! Burn, Edwards dataset, burn!

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @ Tim, Benedict & John Bayly

    guys, you do realise you just typed that out loud, yes?

  17. pctechxp
    Jobs Horns

    @Tim, Benedict, Edward, dervheid

    Tim, why don't you try popcorn as its much tastier unless you were that poor that they were all you had to eat, I'd have stopped buying the blank CDs in that case, boom boom

    Benedict, yep gotta agree he's a weirdo unless he was that poor.

    dervheid, do they still sell deep fried Mars bars up your way? sound bloody disgusting, give me cod and chips or battered sausage any day.

    Edward, Looks like there's at least one iphone article over at slashdot and of course the many articles about OS X which it runs on so THERE IS NO ESCAPE!!!

    Evil Jobs because he is hell bent on world domination

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Will there also ...

    be a little blue bag of salt in there as well?

    Just add to taste :)

    @ Edward

    Calm down dear, it's just an iphone

  19. Luther Blissett

    @ Jan Libbenga

    This isn't news. iPods have been shipping wrapped in PaperFoam for a good few years now. If you've still got a box, tear away the card around where the ipod sits and voila paperfoam innards.

  20. oxo
    Paris Hilton


    "Remeber when Paris Hilton was the ONLY thing you reported on for about two months?"

    Ah the good old days :)

    Hey reg hacks, how about a few more PH items?

  21. Les Matthew
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    Nice rant. Just a bit to coherent to make RotW. ;)

    "Am I the only one who feels this way?"

    Personally, I just don't give a shit.

  22. Tim

    wotsits v popcorn....the most important debate of the day.

    @ all who think i was weird for eating the wotsits my CDs came packaged in.... I was in work and they didnt have a popcorn machine or nothin! I ate them cos they were there.

    If they would have packed the cds in popcorn i would have eaten that!

    for the record, everyone else in work thought it was polystyrene and that i was weird. I wasnt poor.....not with how much money they through into software development back then!

    Now back to the real debate, would i eat the Iphone packaging? Nah, needs salt!

  23. Chris C


    No, you're not the only one. Some of the authors like Apple and will apparently post anything and everything about them, and some hate Apple and like to point out their inconsistencies, hypocrisy, etc. Personally, I think both sides could tone it down a bit.

    More on-topic, I see no purpose for this article other than to advertise for the Dutch company. At least I hope that's it. Please tell me this article wasn't written to stroke Apple's ego about using a recyclable insert instead of plastic. It's not like they're pioneers in that regard. Other manufacturers have been doing it for over 15 years (motherboards, CD/DVD drives, video/audio cards, processors, etc). But then some people think everything Apple does is new and "innovative".

  24. Richard Scratcher


    I'm waiting patiently for the "Where's the iPhone angle?" icon. Any day now...

    You say that "its just a fcuking phone, nothing more." But you're so wrong. As St Steve says:

    It's a Widescreen iPod with touch controls - it's a revolutionary mobile phone - it's a breakthrough internet communication device.

    So that's an iPod...a internet iPod...a phone...are you getting it?

    Woohoo! Yay!

  25. Anonymous Coward

    Sun shines out Paris Hilton's ass, and...

    Steve Jobs flatulence is now methane free with 50% less calories, too. We can all stop losing sleep over the wonder that is Apple and its Jesus Phone.

    My coat's the one that has "I really don't give a crap about about the iPhone or being "Green", anymore!"

  26. Mark Roome

    Re: Edward

    Edward - I salute you!!!

    Even so, these nice gentlemen over here in the white suits have your coat for you (it's the one with the wrap around arms and the laces)

  27. The Dark Lord
    Dead Vulture

    Re: Pathetic. Rant ahead.

    Great one Edward! Would be an excellent FoTW if it wasn't for the flagrant use of thought and eloquence.

  28. Danny Traynor

    the coat thing

    Can't say I feel strongly either way about iPhone stories but thank god some one said something about the coat references :)

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