'E-Waste' Photo Shoot Turns Forgotten Electronics Into Art'
read full article here: http://www.greenmatters.com/news/2018/03/07/hAHwX/e-waste-photography-computer-recycling
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Photography has the power to evoke emotion while sending a message, and that’s exactly what Benjamin Von Wong capitalizes on in his work. His latest project focuses on computers and electronic accessories that are tossed into landfills. Giving them a second life in breathtaking imagery, he hopes to spread awareness about how important it is to recycle these products.
According to Von Wong, 142,000 computers are thrown away in the United States every day. This contributes to a lot of electronic waste, and only 15 percent of it is recycled. That’s an extremely inefficient amount as most computers and other electronic devices are used for a handful of years before being discarded. Electronics feature many parts that can be recycled and used in some form again.
Artist Turns 4100 Pounds of E-Waste into EPIC Sculptures to Inspire People to Recycle
Every single day, 142,000 computers are thrown away in the United States
At least, that was the case in 2010. Electronic waste is the fastest growing municipal waste stream in the world. Today, that number is far higher and the only way to alleviate the situation is getting people to talk more about it.
Unfortunately, e-waste doesn’t make for very interesting dinner conversation. I wanted to change that.
All I needed was access to a lifetime of electronic waste.
At SXSW in 2017, I learned that Dell had the world’s largest global recycling program. They were hosting a series of impact-focused sessions to talk about how artists and individuals were collaborating with them to help reduce waste and encourage recycling.
As someone dedicated to collaborating with responsible corporations having a positive social impact, I was immediately interested to learn more.
I chased down Sarah Gilliam from their Corporate Social Responsibility team in search for more information. She explained to me how they offer free e-waste recycling in almost 80 different countries, but that their biggest challenge was getting more people to recycle.
Actress Nikki Reed and Dell Collaborate on Recycled Gold Jewelry Collection
Nikki Reed and Dell created a recycled gold jewelry collection from e-waste.
Dell Inc., an arm of Dell Technologies, said last week that its first-ever recycled gold jewelry collection created in partnership with actress, entrepreneur and activist Nikki Reed is now available for pre-order. The limited edition collection debuts today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
In partnership with Reed’s sustainable apparel and accessories company, Bayou With Love, the two companies collaborated to create “The Circular Collection by Bayou With Love,” a line of 14- to 18-karat gold rings, earrings and cuff links made of gold recovered from Dell’s recycling programs. Beginning at $78, the entire line is made in the U.S. and manufactured at R&M Fine, a factory based in L.A.
Where do laptops go when they die?
Ars takes a look at the current state of e-reincarnation at Dell.
read full article here: https://arstechnica.com/science/2016/10/where-do-laptops-go-when-they-die/
As electronics have become increasingly ubiquitous, the never-ending upgrade churn fills an ever-larger e-graveyard. If that’s where the story ends, we’re in real trouble. The several years of use a typical device sees effectively become a short conveyor belt between mines around the world and the local landfill. The only sensible and sustainable thing to do is to recycle the materials in our devices—ideally right into the next generation of tech.
Responsible recycling operations (that don’t simply dump e-waste in developing countries) have an interesting set of challenges to work on. Recycling is always trying to catch up to—and is limited by—what manufacturers are doing. But opportunities are there for those willing to make it a priority.