Urban Mining: from information technology to jewellery
It takes 245kg of fossil fuels, 22kgs of chemicals, and 1500 litres of water to manufacture one desktop computer. Ultimately 80-85% of all electronic products are discarded in landfills or incinerators releasing toxins into the air and soil. Circuit boards rely on silver and gold for their excellent electrical conductivity. In the United States alone cell phones containing $60 million of gold and silver are dumped every year.
Our refining process begins with manually dismantling the waste electronic products. All the components are then sent their separate ways for recycling and the circuit boards are run through a shredder before being fed into the furnace. All the metals are collected as a sludge. The precious metals are separated and purified before being melted again in the final stage to ensure a pure, high quality material.
The precious metals are now ready to be transformed into jewellery in our Woodstock work+shop.