There exist myriad materials that can be upcycled into useful and interesting wearables or household equipment. Take this man who converts old tires into dog beds, or these engineers who upcycle construction waste to create eco-friendly bricks.
And on a more technological viewpoint, these two twin athlete brothers who founded a sustainable fashion brand called Vollebak turned electronic waste into a very hip watch. It's aptly named the Garbage Watch.
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From waste to wearable
It turns out that 50 million tons of electronic waste is treated like garbage each year, even though it could well be re-used. Unfortunately, there is a real issue in the world with regards to waste management, hence Vollebak's vision and mission to minimize this by creating upcycled clothing and now a watch re-using these materials.
Enter: the Garbage Watch.
Built on the simple, yet brilliant, premise of re-using electronic waste that's still usable, Vollebak decided to pre-assemble these raw materials to create a watch. And what an end result!
The bright, colorful, funky Garbage Watch is entirely made up of parts that used to be something else. For instance, a motherboard taken from your laptop, or a microchip from your smartphone, as well as wiring from your disused TV.
The Vollebak team worked alongside the Wallpaper*Re-Made project to create the timepiece, which is currently on waitlist with the aim to be officially ready for sale next year in 2021.
"We’ve taken an ‘inside-out’ design approach with the Garbage Watch, making the functional inner workings highly visible," explained Vollebak co-founder Nick Tidball in a statement to Inhabitat.
"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."
Take a look at what the Garbage Watch will look like, and see for yourself if you'd like it to adorn your wrist: