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Nikki Reed Is Using Dell's Gold E-Waste Scraps To Make Incredible Jewelry

By Aimee Lutkin

Actress Nikki Reed has announced her partnership with Dell through her company Bayou With Love. Together, they're recycling gold scraps from Dell's old motherboards and turning them into a new line of jewelry, Engadget reports. The line includes 14- and 18-carat gold rings, earrings, and cufflinks.

Dell's website states that in the U.S., people throw out a collective $60 million in gold and silver when they don't recycle their phones or electronics. The metal is used in internal circuitry, and there's about 800 times more of it inside of a computer. Dell wants to "close the gold loop" for their products, and reduce waste. They already refurbish and sell old computers through a program with the Goodwill, but some computers can't be repaired. The scraps needed somewhere to go.

For her part, Reed says she was looking for high end jewelry that could be considered sustainable, and was having trouble finding a business with ethics she aligned with. She guessed that if she was having this issue, so were other people, and sees the new line as an opportunity to fill an interest that promotes sustainability.