Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where do you get the parts to make your products with?
A: Generally, we prefer to 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 dump the less profitable, toxic materials into a developing country. R2 and e-Stewards are the industry standards for downstream transparency and accountability in regards to materials handling.
Q: Can I send you my old computer or television?
A: 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.
Q: Can you make something out of my old computer?
A: Yes, Drew would love to make a sentimental TechWears especially for you with the parts from your old machine. Use the contact form here and let us know what you are thinking and we’ll get back to you right away.
Q: How do you dye the circuit boards all the different colors?
A: We don’t, they come that way. Green is by far the most common color that circuit boards come in. We search far and wide for the unusual colors that are prime for creating TechWears with.
Q: How long did it take you to make this?
A: “My whole life.” It’s true, making TechWears has become Drew’s life work. All items are made in batches, so figuring out exactly how long a single piece takes hasn’t happened yet. We can say, our commitment to quality does require doing things the right way, instead of the fast way.
Q: Do they light up?
A: They light up the dress code and they light up people’s eyes. So in other words, NO.
Q: But does it blink or do anything?
A: 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 waiting 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.
Q: How long have you guys been doing this?
A: TechWears was established in June of 2014 and it’s currently a one person operation. Drew Johnson started making circuit board jewelry and neck ties as a hobby, but after seeing the potential decided to quit his job and pursue his dream of “Artrepreneurship.” To read more than you probably care to know about Drew, click here.
Q: Where did you get the idea?
A: After rocking the dress code with a wooden tie on several occasions and getting a job in the electronics recycling industry, Drew figured that there had to be a circuit board tie out there somewhere. When his google searching revealed there wasn’t one, Drew got to work and made one himself. He never expected to start a business based on it, but now with a patent secured and a global customer base, Drew works tirelessly to upcycle all the tech.
Q: Are TechWears safe?
A: Yes, TechWears are safe to use, wear, and love. Just don’t set them on fire or take a file to them. Circuit boards only release toxins when they are subjected to heat or made into particulates. We take every precaution during production to ensure that we are safe and not exposed to any health risks. There are plenty of toxins already in our atmosphere, we don’t need to add to the risks.
Q: Why don’t you have ________ on the website?
A: TechWears is currently a one person operation. If you’ve seen something on Instagram or at art festival that I don’t have on the website, it’s because I either don’t plan to put it online, or I haven’t gotten to it yet. Please feel free to contact and ask, we’d love to hear from you.