Hi there! I’m Becky Striepe from the websites Glue and Glitter and Crafting a Green World, and I’m so excited to talk about e-waste with you today! What does green crafting have to do with e-waste? Quite a lot!
Here in Atlanta, the city organizes a couple of e-waste recycling events every year. I’m glad that my city provides an opportunity for us to recycle our electronics and keep all of those precious and sometimes hazardous materials out of the landfill, but the time in between events is long. If my toaster bites the dust months before the next event, I’m not always able to store it until that happens. That’s where crafting comes in!
From small electronics to appliances, crafters are doing all kinds of awesome projects that keep some of our e-waste out of the landfill. And the results are beautiful.
- Floppy Disc Planter – Can you believe these things still exist? Back when I worked in a corporate office, I came across floppy discs pretty regularly. I love this craft because it uses the entire piece of trash, not just a component.
- Striking E-Waste Jewelry – Artist Marcele Godoy was overwhelmed with how much e-waste he encountered as a graduate student. To highlight this problem and keep some of that waste out of the landfill, he started making gorgeous accessories out of reclaimed cables, wires, and plugs.
- Make Fun New Gadgets – Turn old electronics into functional toys! Dhairya Dand transforms out of date electronics – like old computer keyboards and CRT monitors – into handy working gadgets.
- Toaster Night Light – A drill and a small lighting kit are all that you need to turn a burnt-out pop up toaster into a fun night light for your kid’s room.
- Circuit Board Pendant Lamps – It’s a tragedy when an old circuit board dies, but you don’t have to throw those materials into the trash! Turn them into a unique lighting solution instead.
- Make a Door Sign – One creative dad used an old circuit board and keys from a keyboard to make a hanging sign for his son Fabio’s bedroom door.
- Motherboard Clock – Replacing the motherboard on your machine? Set the old one aside to make an eye-catching wall clock.
- Washing Machine Ottoman – Small electronics aren’t the only ones that you can upcycle. Check out this ottoman – you’d never guess that it’s made from the inside of an old washing machine!
- Keyboard Ring – This is a simple way to use old keys from a dead keyboard. Whether you’re a crafty pro or a DIY novice, this project is totally doable.
- Telephone Bookends – Do you any old corded phones that you’ve been meaning to get rid of? Turn a pair of old handsets into beautiful bookends for your shelf.
One note about crafting with e-waste: always be cautious when you’re crafting with e-waste. Grab a pair of protective goggles, and do your research before opening up small appliances and electronics. Crafting with an old microwave, for example, is not a good idea, because the safety hazards far outweigh the benefits.