This jewelry is made with upcycled gold from Dell computers

January 19, 2018 by  
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Did you know that there’s gold and silver in your computer? These precious metals end up in landfills when people don’t recycle their laptops and other electronics. According to Dell , American consumers trash $60 million in silver and gold every year just by not recycling smartphones. The technology company teamed up with actress and designer Nikki Reed to turn that e-waste into something stunning: jewelry . Globally, recycling rates for e-waste are under 15 percent, according to Dell. They aimed to take action, and along with mining their recycling stream for materials, they got creative and reached out to Reed. Now she’s transforming materials from old motherboards into a 14 to 18 carat gold jewelry line called The Circular Collection with her company BaYou with Love . Related: Marcela Godoy Turns E-Waste Into Unique and Beautiful Necklaces The jewelry is created in Los Angeles , with the mission of reflecting “a beautiful world in which we continuously reuse resources and strive for zero waste ,” according to the BaYou with Love website . The collection includes rings, earrings, and cuff links. Gemstones like opals and diamonds the company says are ethically sourced complete a few of the pieces. The collection ranges in price from the Gold Ball Ring at $78 to the Cufflinks at $348. Dell said in their statement, “We believe one reason recycling rates for e-waste are so low is that people do not recognize how valuable their electronics still are even if they don’t work.” The jewelry line is one attempt to highlight that value. The company also aims to make it easier for people to recycle by teaming up with Goodwill for Dell Reconnect : you can drop off old computer equipment from any brand at one of the around 2,000 participating Goodwill stores in North America for Dell to refurbish or recycle. You can find a location here . Reed started BaYou with Love with Freedom of Animals founder Morgan Mogle. They offer clothing, home, and beauty products created with sustainably sourced and recycled materials in the United States. + BaYou with Love + Dell Reconnect Via Dell and BaYou with Love Images via BaYou with Love

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Old Computer Turned Arcade Machine Delights at SXSW

March 12, 2014 by  
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At South by Southwest, the Dell Reconnect program displayed a 14-year-old computer that was transformed into an old-school arcade-style machine.

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Ecovative’s Fully “Able” Packaging: Renewable, Compostable and Eatable (maybe)

July 18, 2011 by  
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Image Credit: Evocative Design How about packaging that is grown (not manufactured), renewable, compostable and biodegradable? Oh, and also moisture resistant, heat resistant and strong? Hell yes!  EcoCradleâ„¢ packaging from Ecovative Design, uses rapidly growing renewable resources like mushroom to design durable and effective packaging. This innovation has earned Ecovative Design the prestigious 2011 Dupont Packaging Diamond Award : Thinking completely outside the box, Ecovative looked to nature and found an innovative, cost-effective, all-natural solution for protective secondary packaging used for items such as electronics. EcoCradleâ„¢ is grown from mycelium (mushroom “roots”) and regionally sourced agricultural byproducts, like cotton burrs and oat hulls. EcoCradleâ„¢ is completely composed of ultra-rapid renewable resources and is also home compostable. It is a cost-effective and sustainable replacement for Styrofoamâ„¢ or other materials used in protective packaging. Image Credit: Evocative Design Common packaging materials, such as Styrofoamâ„¢ are made from oil or natural gas – products that are not ecologically or economically sustainable and are also hard to reuse (packaging is designed for a specific product so it’s hard to extend its usefulness) and recycle. Moreover they do not disintegrate and fill landfills (EPA estimates Styrofoamâ„¢ occupies 25% of the landfills in the US). So why mushrooms in packaging and how is it grown? Ecovative builds on the fact that mushrooms or fungi help break down organic matter and are key to planetary cycles. EcoCradleâ„¢ is grown using mycelium, a fungal network of thread like cells. This mycelium grows around agricultural by-products like buckwheat husks, oat hulls, or cotton burrs, “glueing” them to any shape we need. In 5 – 7 days, in the dark, with no watering, and no petrochemical inputs, the mycelium envelops the by-products, binding them into a strong and beautiful packaging part. Inside every cubic inch of EcoCradleâ„¢, there’s a matrix of 8 miles of tiny mycelial fibers! At the end of the process, EcoCradleâ„¢ is treated with heat to stop the growth so it forms a tight waterproof product without additional spores. Image Credit: Evocative Design This process, clearly has a low environmental footprint and cost, making it an attractive packaging solution. Moreover, EcoCradleâ„¢ can be grown to a specific packaging design or used in production lines, increasing adaptability and reducing manufacturing costs. EcoCradleâ„¢’s success is evident with Steelcase Inc . – a leading company that creates high-performance, sustainable work environments, workplace products, furnishings and services strategic packaging initiative. Steelcase Inc. prides itself in leading the way towards creating the most sustainable office furniture and product supply chain possible and is now using EcoCradleâ„¢ packaging, calling it fully “able”. It requires very little energy to produce yet it provides the cushioning and strength of traditional synthetic material. When no longer needed, the packaging can be composted and adds nutrients back into the soil. In some cases it becomes part of the earth again in as little as 45 days. EcoCradleâ„¢ was able to meet and exceed Steelcase’s stringent requirements for performance, environmental responsibility, and cost, once again demonstrating that responsible products are not less effective or more costly. It should come as no surprise that EcoCradleâ„¢ comes from a triple-bottom line company like Ecovative Designs that now figures on the “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs” list for 2011 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek , helping companies like Dell. Not only did Ecovative Design also create  Greensulateâ„¢ – ecofriendly insulation, they take their sustainability seriously by using green power, reusing or repurposing office furniture and engaging their employees. There are so many uses for such low-impact packaging like: Egg cartons Wine bottle shipper Herb planter Produce containers What else can ‘shroom packaging be used for? Do share your thoughts and ideas!

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Target Goes from Zero to 60 on In-Store Electronics Recycling

April 6, 2010 by  
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Target has added recycling bins for electronics, ink cartridges and bottles to its stores, and Canada is gaining more ewaste recycling thanks to Goodwill and Dell.

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