In today’s fast moving world where digital gadgets and technology drives almost everything, life is becoming easy but is that the complete picture? Have you ever thought, for once, what it costs us to achieve the luxury that we are getting today?
The electronic goods that we create and consume in our day-to-day life does have a huge environmental impact – right from a small battery to a gigantic, complex system designed for an aircraft system management. We’re generating huge amounts of e-waste which is not only killing the planet but also affecting human health – and it was only human lives that we’re trying to make better with technology.
However, if we pose these questions to people the first thing we would probably get to hear is -
• Should we not aspire for a comfortable life? Or
• Should we stop being progressive? Or
• How do you think we get a comfortable life?
Well, we don’t need to give up electronics and a comfortable life, all we need to be is a bit more responsible about our consumption of electronics, and how we dispose of them. The key is “Reduce – Reuse – Recycle”. Reduce consumption of electronics as much as you can, reuse whatever you can, and finally when there’s no hope for reuse, go and recycle your e-waste responsibly.
Reusing electronics allows us this flexibility to achieve the same amount of comfort without compromising on our progressive approach for technology and with minimal impact on environment and our health. There’s a lot that can be done when it comes to reusing electronics, whether it is reusing electronic components to make new gadgets or even upcycling and repurposing them to utility objects and works of art, rather than just throwing away old gadgets once they reach the end of their useful life.
Here are a few examples that you may like, and the best part is you can upcycle them yourselves:
1. Pass it to your Pets – You can simply disassemble the old TV, computer or any electronic item i.e. broken beyond repair and use it as a home for your pets. Be it a fish tank, Cat bed or Puppy house.
Here’s how you can make your own DIY cat bed from an old computer monitor with this Instructable from AlpineButterfly.
You could also check out AlpineButterfly’s blog at for more inspiration on DIY upcycling and reusing.
2. Go Green with DIY Floppy Planting Pots – Feel free to plant and grow whatever you feel like in these DIY floppy disk planters and decorate your home or office. Not only will you help keep e-waste away from landfills, but you will be growing plants in them – could you go anymore green? If yes, please share in the comment section.
3. Create Your Own Fashion Statement – We in no way suggest that you go for anything close to Lady Gaga’s Telephone Hat, but there’s a lot you can do if you wish to be really creative – design your own dresses, bracelets, necklaces, cuff-links and much more using e-waste components like wires, PCBs and so on. You can check out some of these fashion accessories and other creations from upcycled e-waste here.
4. Do the Décor – Use your imagination and creativity. Be an eco-friendly interior designer and come up with your own ideas of upcycling e-waste into utility articles like this book shelf made from obsolete VHS tapes. Involve your friends and family, and motivate them to Go Green too!
For more inspiration you can click here.
5. CD Coasters – With CDs going obsolete, many of us would still have a bunch of them lying around in our homes. Well, these CDs make great coasters, all you need is some glue, some old CDs, some other decorative knick-knacks and your creativity. Take a look at these amazing CD Coasters made by @amandaformaro and learn how to make your own in a few easy steps here.
Well, we can keep on going like this because when it comes to re-purposing and upcycling – Your Imagination is the only Limit!! We would love to hear your story about upcycling electronic-waste so don’t forget to share in the comment section.