Bwito is the world’s first biodegradable TV remote. It has been invented by two Valencian women and hotels in Mexico and Spain are already being tested.
But Bwito is not a simple remote control. Turning it over, the user is surprised by the phrase “plant me.”
It weighs 15 grams and measures 12.5 cm long by 3.5 cm wide.
The idea came to Alicia Mora in 2012 when she read an article that the TV remote was one of the everyday objects that accumulated the most bacteria in a hotel room. It was a University of Houston study that looked at 18 devices from 9 hotel rooms in Texas, Indiana, and South Carolina. 81% of the controls analyzed contained remains of fecal bacteria. At that time she started working on what is today the first biodegradable cardboard remote control in the world.
But Bwito is not a simple remote control. Turning it over, the user is surprised by the phrase “plant me.” The customer could take the remote home if he wanted and grow it in a pot, since it keeps oregano, parsley or pine seeds inside.
You just have to put the remote in a pot, add a little water and in a week in the sun, the OK, Menu, Return keys disappear between branches.
The materials with which the remote is made are biodegradable, except for a button cell and an LED. 90% is cardboard. Its interior is made up of layers of cardboard. One of these layers is printed with an electronic circuit the size of a fingernail, made with conductive graphite ink, also biodegradable.
This biodegradable remote control costs three euros to the hotel, the company that markets it is called Bluemarionge Bussiness.