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Twice Used aiming to recycle broken iPhones as useful products

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.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Inkling

    Senior User

    Joined: 07-25-06

    When you consider the vast quantities of glass and plastic food containers that we discard without a thought, it's more than a little silly to make a big deal over recycling the tiny bit of plastic and glass that goes into smartphones.

    I'd be more impressed with those who'd recycle these phones into something that low-income kids could use in school. Just because the cellular or GPS doesn't work, doesn't mean that a smartphone can't be turned into something useful.

  1. Lifeisabeach

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 05-25-10

    Looking at that "clock" reminds me of this booth at a festival I went to several years ago. They were selling wind chimes made of upside-down flower pots and flatware. I don't think I'd find a clock made from the faceplates of iPhones any more appealing.

  1. Gazoobee

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 02-27-09

    So ... world's ugliest and most confusing to read cheap-ass clock, and world's ugliest and lumpiest coffee table. Great.

    There's a guy who patrols my alley with a shopping cart that makes better stuff than this. Who the hell even uses or wants an ANALOGUE clock anyway? Most people under thirty can't even read those anymore.

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 01-25-07

    That clock is messed up. The hour hand should be closer to the 1 o'clock position than the 2, if you believe the minute hand...

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 01-25-07

    unless the photo was flopped (twice).

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