Electronic waste is a global ecological issue. Our wild and wonderful technological world of constant innovation comes with an unfortunate side effect of disposal. Our consumption of electronics has two major adverse ecological effects: increased mining and procurement of the materials needed for gadgets, and discarded devices producing huge quantities of electronic waste. Of the 206 billion dollars spent on consumer electronics in the US in 2012, only 29% was recycled. The rest was simply thrown away.
Artists in the EU are creating jewelry out of used circuit boards, and bits of old watches and gears to create unique pieces that speak to the whimsical while maintaining the underlying emphasis of reducing waste and throw-away.