Dell turns e-waste into Limited Edition Jewelry

January 21, 2018

Will use recycled gold in motherboards

Dell is one company that takes pride in finding better, more efficient ways to do business throughout the supply chain. And the Circular Collection by Bayou with Love and Dell is a key example of this ongoing commitment. This limited edition jewelry collection of 14- and 18-carat gold rings, earrings and cufflinks stands apart for a singular reason. It’s sourced from gold recovered from Dell’s recycling programs. Dell and actress, entrepreneur and activist Nikki Reed announced the collaboration at CES 2018.

In addition, Dell also announced an industry-first pilot to use recycled gold from used electronics in new computer motherboards, which will ship in the award-winning Latitude 5285 2-in-1s starting this spring. The pilot follows a successful feasibility study on server motherboards. The closed-loop gold process could support the creation of millions of new motherboards in the next year. It expands Dell’s closed loop program from plastics to precious metals.

Interestingly, currently only 12.5% of e-waste is recycled into other products. As a result, it’s estimated that Americans throw away $60 million in gold and silver every year through unwanted phones alone. According to a Trucost study, the gold reclamation process created by Dell environmental partner Wistron GreenTech has a 99% lower environmental impact than traditionally mined gold.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.