Vollebak has revealed a timepiece made completely out of electronic waste. Aptly dubbed the ‘Garbage Watch,’ Vollebak wants to set an example for sustainable manufacturing.
“To avoid trashing our own planet, we need to start figuring out how to re-use the stuff we already have…” explained Steve Tidball, Vollebak co-founder. “What if electronic waste isn’t garbage? What if it’s simply pre-assembled raw materials that we can use to make new things?”
THe US alone dumps at 9.4 million tonnes of e-waste every year and Vollebak is utilising these very same scrap materials like microchips from smartphones, wiring from TV sets and motherboards from computers, to put together the functional Garbage Watch.
“Working in collaboration with the Wallpaper* Re-Made project, the Garbage Watch reframes an often invisible and hazardous end of the supply chain,” says Vollebak. “Over the next year we’ll be going on a journey from prototype to product, sourcing components from sustainable e-waste recycling efforts, and sharing the story with you.”
The Garbage Watch is due to launch in 2021. Keep an eye on Vollebak’s official website for updates on the release date.