GIGS.2.GO "disposable" paper USB drive

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GIGS.2.GO's "disposable" flash drive concept
GIGS.2.GO's "disposable" flash drive concept
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GIGS.2.GO's "disposable" flash drive concept
GIGS.2.GO's "disposable" flash drive concept
GIGS.2.GO USB flash drives would be made from recycled, molded paper pulp
GIGS.2.GO USB flash drives would be made from recycled, molded paper pulp
Four drives come in a credit card-sized pack
Four drives come in a credit card-sized pack
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Though not the first, GIGS.2.GO is perhaps the most tidy execution of a paper-based USB flash drives we've seen. Four sticks, or tabs, made from recycled, molded paper pulp can be torn from a credit-card sized pack. But are such sticks as "disposable" as they purport to be?

GIGS.2.GO is conceptually quite similar to Art. Lebedev's concept disposable cardboard USB flash drives we saw back in May, 2011. Both feature perforated tear-off sticks which can then be written on thanks to the material used.

Of course disposability implies cheapness, and its interesting that GIGS.2.GO, which is also just a concept at this stage, proposes 1 GB of storage per stick compared to Art. Lebedev's 4 to 16 GB. More recently Gizmag looked at intelliPaper's paper-based USB drives. In development, the cards featured a more modest (and perhaps realistic, for a disposable stick) 8–32 MB of data.

Perhaps the clue to the larger storage size is that GIGS.2.GO may have been conceived for reuse rather than disposability. Despite being made from paper, the memory sticks look durable enough to be reused, and can therefore command a higher sale price.

This is desirable. Though recycled paper case may be supremely disposable, it still contains e-waste, and without much more sophisticated waste collection and sorting systems than we have, "disposable" electronics of any kind are arguably misguided.

There's a reason recycle comes last in the "reduce, reuse, recycle" mantra, and really, we should look for USB sticks that are durable enough to wear out their write cycles. But all else being equal, a USB stick made of recycled materials is clearly preferable, and so, if they can withstand the battering that well-used USB flash drives tend to take, it would be great to see this in development… in my opinion, without the word disposable on the packaging.

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Cheap enough to loan to coworkers.
...and small enough to get washed into the ocean like cigarette butts.
Enclosing silicon with paper...where's the paper memory? Everything is 'disposable'.
100% gimmick. A thumb drive with a paper wrapper instead of plastic--hardly "paper based"
Kurt Rampton
Thanks for the thoughtful review.
You are right that the GIGS.2.GO tabs are conceived to be re-useable. The goal of the design was to create a flash drive that you could "leave behind", not throw away. (We are thinking of sales professionals, designers, and others who want to share presentations or other large files easily). Therefore it has to be inexpensive, and you had to have more flash drives handy in case you need more later, so you could feel comfortable giving it away (hence the tear-off pack).
Of course, we expect the new owner to be able to reuse the drive. Molded paper pulp is quite durable and should provide good protection for the technical bits inside. And about those technical bits: it is true those parts are not easy to recycle or compost. And until we have that technology, we have tried to provide the best and most responsible alternative. Unlike the other concepts you mentioned, which cannot be disassembled into their technical and organic parts, GIGS.2.GO is easy to disassemble (just tear off the paper shell). You could then recycle or compost the paper shell, leaving only the circuit board as waste.
Your article, and other conversations I have had are persuading me to remove the "disposable" tag line I used in the concept description. The truth is, we want this to be *sharable* and *leave-behind-able*, but would hate to encourage people to throw away something that still has value.

Just because it's wrapped in paper it doesn't make disposing of it any less environmentally damaging. It's a total shame that people will actually dispose of these after use. What it really should be labelled as it super cheap electronic trash.
Here's an idea: why don't you buy yourself most expensive/fastest usb drive and use it for years - isn't that better than throwing away tons of disposable cheap slow usb sticks...
Derrick Brandonn
This is really an innovative way to market the product and services of your business. There are even paper USB Webkeys that have no memory to store data but are programmed with specific URL information that allows you to direct your customer to the information you want them to view. These paper web keys are pretty inexpensive too.