London’s Iconic Telephone Booths Turn Green

12 Oct 2014 by Aditi Galande, 1 Comment »

Even if you don’t live in England, you still probably know what the red telephone boxes are. The ones where countless tourists take a picture inside and where Clark Kent changes into Superman.

A scene in a Superman comic depicting him entering in as one persona and out another photo credits: http://thenostalgialeague.yuku.com/topic/2183/Gone-but-not-forgotten?page=2

A scene in a Superman comic depicting him entering in as one persona and out another
photo credits: http://thenostalgialeague.yuku.com/topic/2183/Gone-but-not-forgotten?page=2

These traditional booths are turning green with solar-powered charging stations for mobiles. “The first “Solarbox” was unveiled Wednesday on Tottenham Court Road, with support and funding from the Mayor of London, as a pilot before turning more traditional phone boxes green early next year,” records GoodNewsNetwork.

A 'Solarbox' next to the famous red telephone box  photo credits: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/01/london-phone-booth-solar_n_5915028.html

A ‘Solarbox’ next to the famous red telephone box
photo credits: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/01/london-phone-booth-solar_n_5915028.html

Kirsty Kenney and Harold Craston, two graduates from the London School of Economics, who constructed the ‘Solarbox’ “won £5,000 ( $6312.80 ) and mentoring support as runners-up in the Mayor’s 2014 Low Carbon Entrepreneur competition. This competition invited student entrepreneurs to enter their carbon-busting business ideas to expert judges this summer, enabling them to bring their new business to London’s streets.”

The inside of a 'Solarbox' photo credits: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/01/london-phone-booth-solar_n_5915028.html

The inside of a ‘Solarbox’
photo credits: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/01/london-phone-booth-solar_n_5915028.html

“It’s fantastic to see our young entrepreneurs already up and running with this brilliant idea,” said Mayor Boris Johnson. “In our modern world, where hardly any Londoner is complete without a raft of personal electronic gizmos in hand, it’s about time our iconic phone boxes were updated for the 21st Century, to be more useful, more sustainable, and just as striking with a marvelous new green makeover.”

“Co-founder of ‘Solarbox’ Kirsty Kenney said, “Our idea was born out of our interest in the use of public space and renewable energy and is all about providing a service that people really need… Phone battery life just can’t keep up with the pace of our modern lives.  It’s been an amazing journey, from winning in the competition, to now be bringing our first ‘Solarbox’ to the streets of London, and we can’t wait to expand with more green boxes across the capital in the new year.””

What are your ideas to help humankind in the future? Do you think The US will follow in London’s footsteps?

Sources: GoodNewNetwork

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  1. […] more recent paint job features in a new digital iteration of the phone kiosk – the Solarbox, solar-powered charging stations for mobiles unveiled last year on Tottenham Court Road, with […]

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