Creatively putting e-waste into beautiful use


    Electronic waste is a huge problem worldwide. Some 20 to 50 million metric tons are generated every year according to the UNEP, with only 27 percent of e-waste being recycled in the US. A lot of it ends up in landfills or being shipped to other countries for informal and unsafe processing, where they can leach toxins and heavy metals into the soil and damage the health of people handling them.

    While electronic waste can be sent off to a conventional recycling facility, there are other, more creative, ways to get the job done.

    Jewelry artist Amanda Preske of Rochester, New York’s Circuit Breaker Labs takes circuit boards from old computers, cell phones, calculators, monitors, and office telephones and transforms them into delicate necklaces, bracelets, earrings, belt buckles and cufflinks.

    Below are some of her lovely pieces:

    Geek necklace 2

    Geek necklace 3

    Geek necklace 4

    Geek necklace 5

    Geek necklace 6

    Geek necklace

    Read up about her work here