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Frequently Asked Questions about TechWears

After exhibiting at hundreds of events and interacting with thousands of fans, we've been asked a lot of great questions about our upcycled circuit board ties and jewelry! You might have some questions too so this is a good place to start. If you still have a question after reviewing this page, please contact TechWears and we will get right back to you!

Do they light up?

TechWears are known to light up imaginations and make people smile. So in other words, NO.

But does it blink or do anything?

They’re pretty flashy on their own so, NO. Look we know that it’s intuitive this day in age to assume that wearing a piece of tech would provide some sort of extra flashy effect. But our goal with TechWears is to create accessories that you can wear in any environment from serving tables to a corporate board room and be taken seriously. Enhancing recycled electronics with blinking LED’s would limit the potential uses for our customers. If you want a tie or ring that lights up, you can find one. They are made in China and are very cheap. We just wouldn’t recommend wearing it to a job interview.

Where do you get the recycled parts to make your products with?

We work with certified electronics recyclers who have demonstrated through third party audits that ALL of their materials are ethically handled. It is unfortunate that many electronic recyclers only seek the valuable metals and will ship the materials with a negative value into a developing country. R2 and e-Stewards are the industry standards for downstream transparency and accountability in regards to electronics handling.

Can I send you my old computer or television?

Thank you for the offer! But, no. We look for circuit boards that have very specific attributes for making our upcycled creations out of. There is much more going on “under the hood” of your electronics than just the circuit board. It’s important that certified electronics recyclers handle the material to reduce the risk of your e-waste polluting the environment. You can find a certified electronics recycler by using this tool here.

Can you make something special for me out of my old computer?

Yes! We love custom orders. Just use the Contact TechWears page with your idea.

Are TechWears products safe?

Short answer: YES. Long answer: Circuit boards and technology are made with a wide range of materials including heavy metals like lead. Circuit boards can release these materials when they are subjected to heat, cutting, or sanding. We take significant precaution when making our products to ensure that we are protected, and we do a manual cleaning process on each piece to ensure that the product is free of contaminates before we ship it. However, if for some reason you need to file an edge, cut something off, or subject it to high temperatures, we must insist that you proceed with caution. Wear a breathing mask, gloves, safety glasses, and use vinegar or alcohol to clean up the workspace when done.