Jewellery Made from E-Waste
US tech company Dell has co-released a limited-edition jewellery collection made of gold harvested from electronic waste. The precious metal used in the Circular range of bracelets, rings, cufflinks and earrings has been reclaimed from the circuit boards of discarded phones and laptops.
Dell has collected e-waste for over a decade as part of its commitment to sustainable production. However, the company has only recently developed a means of extracting the gold from old gadgets without using the destructive chemicals commonly used in the recycling process.
The recycled material is smelted into gold bars and delivered to partnering jewellery brands to shape into ornate, wearable designs. The Circular collection was devised to encourage the public to appreciate the value and potential use of electronic waste, as well as to promote active recycling.
The harvested gold will be primarily reused in new products, helping the company pursue a circular supply chain. Dell is currently developing a pilot line of around six million new circuit boards that feature this recycled gold, and aims to later use the material in other forthcoming devices.
Read our Design Direction Build for more on an emerging aesthetic that embraces waste materials as precious resources and pays homage to an inherited digital age. Also read Activate for more on how the natural world is informing closed-loop production, and guiding an active consumer market to regenerate pollutive materials into innovative product.