Circuit Board Necklace

6 06 2009

An emerging technology piece on ZDNET turned us on to research being done at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China on new ways to recycle circuit boards. Their methodology involves mixing up a nonmetallic dough made of the main ingredients polyester and crushed up circuitboards, which doesn’t sound very tasty to us even though they called it “dough.” But their facts were great. For instance, did you know that “printed circuit boards (PCBs) form about 3% by weight of the total amount of electronic waste” and that “disposal in a landfill is the main method for treating nonmetallic materials of PCBs, but it may cause secondary pollution and resource wasting”?

So adorn yourself (or a friend) and save the world at the same time. Made from recycled printed circuit boards, these pendants are a little over 1.5 inches in width and come on an adjustable-length waxed cotton cord. The circuit boards used are pre-consumer waste, aka they’ve been printed wrong. So they’ve never been soldered, which means none of the lead concerns that sometimes accompany reused circuit boards. They come in a gift box for ease of gifting.

Note: Each necklace is unique, just like every snowflake. Only with more circuit board than your average snowflake. So yours won’t look exactly like the one in the picture, but it’ll be the same shape, style, and size.

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