Someplace in the depths of a closet, attic, or basement, you may have an old TV, computer tower, or stack of CDs from the ‘90s. While taking your items to a responsible e-recycler is always an option, we thought it would be fun to share ways folks have turned old electronics into something new in the gallery below! There are endless ways to upcycle old technology, whether that’s refurbishing it for modern use of just for a fun DIY project!
Please note some of these materials are sharp. If you decide to do an e-upcycling project, take great caution for your safety, and do not attempt these projects with tech items that contain hazardous waste like mercury, freon, or lead.
9 Ways to Upcycle Your Old Electronics
Gardening with repurposed objects is a recurring theme. Planters can be expensive. Using items around the house is an excellent idea. A boom box is more unique than a mason jar and is a retro vintage eye-catcher!
Have a chair with fabric beyond repair? Old cables can save the frame! This chair uses 70 cables and red cable ties to hold them in place. Cables used include: USB, FireWire, ethernet, electrical, RCA audio, iPod connectors, phone chargers and more.
You can now put your glass on the table in a more geeky way! The circuit boards don’t just look nice, they were actually a part of real computers at some stage. Being produced in this way, each coaster is an environmental-friendly recycled product.
One artisan who recycles computers into jewelry is Milan based Paola Mirai, the creator of Cirkuita collection. Paola meticulously dismantles unwanted gadgets and upcycles them into new jewels.
Two old Mac towers became an office table in this project by Re:form Designs. Approximately 70% of the materials that go into the table are recycled.
Old Cd’s turn into great craft supplies as they are free (we all have them lying around) and flashy! Cut them up into pieces, glue the pieces on a cardboard frame and slap some fabric paint to fill in the space between. Voila!
There is a huge variety of fun and functional things that you can achieve from these tiny yet practical keyboard keys. Taking out the keys and securing them to a new object can get you a whole new and creative item like jewelry, paper clips. or a keychain.
These massive satellite dishes were popular for less than ten years. Now they’ve been discarded all over the country. They were bulky, complex, expensive, and they became useless. Until now!
This pencil box was on exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry as part of their Smart Home 2009 Exhibit. The makers said this item was constantly sold out! It’s no longer available for purchase on their site but it’s still very cool and funky!
For those of you who are ready to retire your old tech, Sunnking has residential electronics collection events in the upstate N.Y. area throughout the year. You can view the schedule by clicking below! Have more e-recycling questions? Feel free to give us a ring anytime at 585-637-8365 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more by visiting our website at www.sunnking.com.