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Will Qmadix biodegradable cables untangle the future?

Qmadix will announce its biodegradable cables for mobile devices and electronics at Macworld iWorld 2012.

A biodegradable USB cable from Qmadix.
A biodegradable USB cable from Qmadix. Qmadix

You probably find yourself more often needing an extra cable than having too many, but in case you worry about what to do with your extra cables when you're done with them, Qmadix has one answer: just toss 'em.

The mobile-accessory company today announced its Ecoustic biodegradable cables. These are regular cables like those you have at home, such as USB cables, HDMI cables, auxiliary audio cables, and of course iOS-based 30-pin cables for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. The difference is their coating, "a resin mixture made from biodegradable, plant-based by-products and other natural properties" that quickly degrades naturally, rather than staying in a landfill for hundreds of years.

Qmadix says its cables also ship in eco-friendly, recycled packaging and offer the same functionality, durability, and reliability as regular cables, which usually have plastics coverings.

Qmadix actually showed off its cables at CES earlier this month, but at the time didn't share many details about them. This time I was able to talk to Greg Keushgerian, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Qmadix, and learn that the cables have the same functionality as regular cables and will start biodegrading only after being buried in a landfill.

Their biodegrading time is estimated to be around five years, which is considerably shorter than that of plastic. According to Keushgerian, they share the same pricing as regular cables. Qmadix will be showcasing the cables at Macworld iWorld 2012 in San Francisco, which starts Thursday, January 26, in case you want to check them out.