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Repurposed E-Waste Watches

Vollebak's Garbage Watch Repurposes Materials That End Up in the Trash

— July 9, 2020 — Eco
Vollebak recently announced its Garbage Watch, which it will be developing over the next year and launching in 2021 to offer a statement piece on the wasteful state of the technology supply chain. All too often, products end up in the wrong place at their end of life, which keeps raw materials from being put to good use for other purposes. According to Vollebak, "You’ll find 7% of the world's gold in e-waste," along with other precious metals like silver, platinum, copper, nickel, cobalt, aluminum and zinc.

The Garbage Watch assembles a completely new product from parts of old ones. Vollebak will be going on a journey to source components from sustainable e-waste recycling efforts like motherboards, microchips and wires. To bring the Garbage Watch to the world, Vollebak will also be working with the Wallpaper* Re-Made project.

Image Credit: Vollebak
Trend Themes
1. Sustainable Fashion - The trend of repurposing e-waste for fashion products presents an opportunity for sustainable fashion brands to create unique, environmentally-friendly pieces.
2. Circular Economy - The trend of repurposing e-waste highlights the potential for a circular economy, where products are reused and materials are kept in circulation, reducing waste and environmental impact.
3. Upcycling - The trend of upcycling e-waste materials into wearable tech like the Garbage Watch showcases the potential for innovative upcycling techniques in the fashion and technology industries.
Industry Implications
1. Fashion - The fashion industry can tap into the trend of repurposing e-waste by exploring sustainable fashion practices and creating products that incorporate recycled materials.
2. Technology - The technology industry can leverage the trend of repurposing e-waste by developing innovative recycling and upcycling processes to reclaim valuable materials from old electronics.
3. Environmental Services - The environmental services industry can capitalize on the trend of repurposing e-waste by offering specialized recycling and repurposing services to help businesses and consumers maximize the value of discarded electronics.
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