Vollebak’s Garbage Watch is a timeless solution for e-waste

August 6, 2020 by  
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Vollebak, a company at the core of sustainable clothing innovation, targets time itself with a new prototype, the Garbage Watch. While the Garbage Watch’s name may sound questionable, it fits given that the watch uses materials that would otherwise end up in the dump. Specifically, the Garbage Watch  upcycles electronic waste such as motherboards and scrap computer parts and turns them into a functional watch.  Related: This sustainable luxury smartwatch monitors climate change “Today, most of the 50 million tonnes of electronic waste that’s generated every year is treated like garbage even though it isn’t. Instead it contains many of the world’s precious metals, like silver, platinum, copper, nickel, cobalt, aluminium and zinc. You’ll find 7% of the world’s gold in e-waste. In other words, millions of tonnes of the stuff people normally pay to dig up out of the ground is heading straight back into it,” the company says on its website. Vollebak worked on the project in collaboration with the Wallpaper* Re-Made project. Although currently in prototype form, the watch will launch in 2021. A waiting list has already formed for those with an early interest. Steve Tidball, Vollebak co-founder, explains how the project came together, saying, “To avoid trashing our own planet, we need to start figuring out how to re-use the stuff we already have. So our Garbage Watch started with a very simple idea. What if electronic waste isn’t garbage ? What if it’s simply pre-assembled raw materials that we can use to make new things. That’s why everything you can see on the Garbage Watch used to be something else – a motherboard from your computer, a microchip in your smartphone, or wiring from your TV.” Of course, the Garbage Watch design tackles more than just  recycling e-waste; it’s about function as well as fashion. With that in mind, the team gave the watch a unique, conversation-starting design.  As Nick Tidball, Vollebak co-founder, said, “We’ve taken an ‘inside-out’ design approach with the Garbage Watch, making the functional inner workings highly visible…Our aim was to reframe an often invisible and hazardous end of the supply chain, and make people think deeply about the impact of treating their wearables in a disposable manner.” + Vollebak Images via Vollebak/Sun Lee

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Soil carbon is a valuable resource but not all soil carbon is created equal

February 25, 2020 by  
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There’s particulate organic matter, which is the stuff you generally can see. Mineral-associated organic matter, on the other hand, consists mostly of microscopic coatings on soil particles. They work differently.

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Maven Moment: Seasonal Decorating — More Joy, Less Stuff

January 9, 2019 by  
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Putting away my Christmas decorations and finding new homes for … The post Maven Moment: Seasonal Decorating — More Joy, Less Stuff appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Recycling Mystery: Dental Appliances

January 9, 2019 by  
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Braces, expanders, headgear, retainers, and eventually, dentures. Over a lifetime, … The post Recycling Mystery: Dental Appliances appeared first on Earth911.com.

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The 4 pillars of a corporate sustainability program

December 14, 2016 by  
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Not sure how to structure the inner workings at your business? Here’s the stuff that makes up solid sustainability efforts.

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Startups woo Accelerate audience with climate, waste, ag solutions

September 21, 2016 by  
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Manufacturing new fabric from garment waste; capturing CO2 emissions and turning it into liquid fuels; helping small farmers with data — this is the stuff of startups’ dreams.

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Why sustainability metrics fail to measure achievement, and how to fix them

September 21, 2016 by  
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Corporate metrics often fail to measure what’s meaningful, and some methodologies are just plain flawed.

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How Jim Cannon is scaling Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

September 21, 2015 by  
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The nonprofit’s CEO and founder won over the “crusty” fish sector by clicking with tough suppliers and knowing his stuff.

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9 benefits of blending biomimicry and the built environment

September 21, 2015 by  
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Taking cues from nature when it comes to how we build cities is a win-win.

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Peecycling will fertilize the green roofs of Amsterdam

November 21, 2013 by  
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It is just a peelot project, but it demonstrates what we should be doing everywhere: using this stuff instead of flushing it away.

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