Computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, televisions, and other devices are frequently replaced, much of it just thrown out rather than recycled as part of the upgrade cycle tied to technologies ever march forward. So it's always a breath of fresh air to see creative and resourceful individuals breathing new life into now obsolete technologies, some which are reborn for much different uses in and around the home...
CRT Monitors and Glass = Backsplash Tiles
The days of the fat cathode ray televisions and computer monitors are thankfully long gone, but the hardware itself is taking up plenty of room in landfills and household basements. Fireclay Tiles honorable mission is to recycle the immense amount of glass inside these old tube TVs and convert them into stylish household tiles and coasters.
Old Light Bulbs = Miniature Terrariums
Though Etsy seller tinyterra no longer sells these recycled incandescent bulb terrariums (perhaps due to the change over to CFL and LED bulbs), you might have a few spare non-working bulbs around to DIY into your own miniature garden under glass. Here are some helpful instructions and tips for diassembling a light bulb for terrarium use.
Cracked iPhones = Picture Frames, Clocks & Coffee Tables
Once an iPhone cracks, nobody wants it back. Twice Used, a Kickstarter project, wants to take advantage of unwanted iPhone glass and transform them into a variety of household objects.
Computer Components = World Map
The human imagination is astounding as illustrated by these intricate cartological sculpture created by Susan Stockwell. Her installation is entitled 'World' and is comprised entirely of discarded computer components such as motherboards, hard drives, fans, and wires to map the globe.
Motherboard + CDs/DVDs = Christmas Ornaments
Just in time for the holidays! I just love these traditional Christmas tree ornaments cut from motherboard silicone and discs. These could be unique stocking stuffers for the geek on your holiday shopping list, available in a variety of holiday shapes.
Computer Heat Sink = Art
Etsy seller, Jalex Studios, offers quite a selection of stylish lamps, candle holders, and lamps, all made from recyclable materials. A notable design is their modern vase, built from hard drive and brushed metal, or a framed modern abstract piece made using computer heat sinks.
Old Apple G3 iMac = Cat Condo
My two boys love to use my charging iPad or MacBook as their own electric blanket. Since they have such eloquent taste, maybe they'd love this colorful G3 iMac cat bed to sleep in.
Keyboard = Rubik's Cube
Got a few outdated keyboards sitting around in storage wasting space? Consider this Instructables DIY project for modifying a Rubik's Cube and spare keyboard parts into a challenging puzzle, the Keyboard/Sudoku Rubik's cube!
Hard Drive = USS Enterprise Starship Model
Etsy user Shankolonians creations aren't necessarily pragmatic, but they are definitely cool decorative additions for those seeking conversation pieces with a tech spirit. Using spare parts from various electronics such as old Playstation consoles, classic iPods, hard drives, and various other tech spare parts, he creates model spaceships, fighter jets, and even the Tumbler from the Dark Knight.
(Image credits: Fireclay Tile; tinyterra; Chris Koerner; Susan Stockwell; Nigel's Eco Store; Jalex Studios; AtomicAttic; Overlord5; Shankalonian)