Despite the growing awareness and concern over humanity’s wastefulness, especially as it concerns electronic devices, our appetite for upgrades outweighs our collective desire to curb how much toxic junk we bury in the ground. Chilean designer Rodrigo Alonso Schramm gives us an idea of how we can have our cake and eat it too.
Schramm’s N+ew (No More Electronic Waste) is a series of stools hand-made from electronic waste, epoxy resin, and melted aluminium. The project is a contemporary take on compression art developed by César Baldaccini (aka "César"), a 20th Century French sculptor who got his kicks by shrinking cars and various industrial objects, turning them into large cubes of tortured steel. His objects composed of industrial waste were sometimes painted with a thin layer of gold, a signature move for César, who also designed the French Movie Award, known commonly as the "César".
Though Schramm's stools are not exactly a serious recycling option for the growing issue of electronic waste, his project does make a point. Modern day gadgetry turns obsolete and is discarded in no time, but the plastic and toxic materials in them can take eons to degrade. Reusing those materials and keeping them from poisoning land and water could go a long way.