updated 04:38 am EST, Mon November 18, 2013
iPhone repairer aiming to turn broken iPhone parts into new products
An iPhone repairer has launched a new KickStarter project aimed at reclaiming unrecyclable broken iPhone parts and turning them into useful products including furniture, jewelry and kitchen accessories. According to project founder Chris Koerner, he was finding that only around 75 percent of broken iPhone components could be recycled, particularly the broken LCD components. Although Apple has a recycling program, Koerner wanted to avoid shipping costs and created the Twice Used initiative, using some of his staff to create products featuring the broken components including tablets, and clocks.
Currently, the products are in prototype form, while Koerner hopes to raise enough funds on the Kickstarter project to turn it into a viable long business, as well as supply initial pledgers with products pay staff for their man hours. Koerner's aim is to reduce landfill waste, with each of the protoype products uses parts from iPhones including glass and other components including the Home button that might otherwise end up as waste products. At the time of writing, the Twice Used project had raised $1,196 of its $10,000 goal.