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We here at Travelettes love both photography and being green, and Ikea must be a kindred spirit because they’ve combined the two and created an eco-friendly digital camera. This clever device, which has been dubbed Knäppa, is made almost entirely of cardboard and after 40 photos it can be thrown away with all your normal recycling – all you need to run it is two AA batteries. What’s more, you can transfer your snaps to your computer via a swing out USB connector. This is a seriously high-tech piece of cardboard!

Photo via flickr (zio Paolino)

Sadly you cannot purchase one of these envirocams (I just coined the term; hoping it will catch on) at present but if you’re in an Ikea store at some point in the near future, you may be lucky enough to be given one for free as part of their Ikea PS project. Knäppa is perfect for travellers because it won’t weigh down your hand-luggage. You’ll be able to take holiday photos and feel good about doing your part for the environment (and less guilty for that long plane ride you just took).

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Photo via flickr (zio Paolino)

So what do you think? Would you swap your fancy camera for a cardboard cutout if it meant helping the environment, or is a proper camera too important for a modern explorer?