Dell Makes Jewellery From E-Waste in Millions of New Motherboards

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Dell just made one of the most unexpected announcements at CES 2018. The computer company is making its own line of jewelry, which is something we definitely didn’t see coming. Don’t worry, there’s a tech tie-in; What’s great about Dell’s upcoming gold collection is that all the pieces are made from gold that has been rescued from used computer parts like motherboards.

Dell also announced a pilot project to use recycled gold from used electronics in new computer motherboards, which will ship in the Latitude 5285 2-in-1 latptop starting this spring. The US-based firm said that the pilot follows a successful feasibility study on server motherboards. “The closed-loop gold process could support the creation of millions of new motherboards in the next year. It expands Dell’s closed loop program from plastics to precious metals,” claimed Dell.

According to Dell, currently only 12.5% of e-waste is recycled into other products. As a result, it’s estimated that only Americans throw away $60 million in gold and silver every year through unwanted phones alone. “The new Circular Collection and Dell pilot demonstrate the potential for these precious materials to be recycled into goods that are beautiful, valuable and sustainable,” said Dell.

“Bayou with Love was created to bring greater awareness to the human impact on our planet and show that beautiful items can come from sustainably sourced and recycled materials,” stated Nikki Reed, co-founder of Bayou with Love. “By recycling gold that was once considered ‘waste,’ Dell and I are working to create an environment where we continuously reuse resources and strive for zero waste,” she added.

Dell is also using recycled gold in new motherboards, through a recently verified closed-loop gold process. These reclaimed components will ship in the company’s new Latitude 5285 2-in-1s in March. Dell says it aims to use 100 million pounds of recycled material in its product portfolio by 2020. If you’d like to contribute a laptop to the cause, you can drop it off at any Goodwill that’s participating in the Dell Reconnect program.

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