Chris Koerner runs a side business that’s as environmentally friendly because it’s not useless. Chris turns the broken fragments of smartphones collected at his iPhone mechanic and other pieces of functional art.
Based in Huntsville, Ala., Twice Used is the brainchild of Koerner and Thomas Lorance. The pair apply just one other person at Twiced Used, but want to grow the business with aKickstarter effort that commenced on Friday.
In the very early periods of the match Used had raised about with 32 days. The founders spent a year “brainstorming, developing, and prototyping these products that we had genuinely like to bring to market,” according to Koerner.
The startup’s present lineup of “upcycled” products using reclaimed iPhone displays, cases, and buttons includes coasters, wall clocks, art, coffee tables, picture frames, and even earrings and bracelets made from iPhone home buttons.
“The Founders desired to do something more with these screens,” Koerner said. “The Founders keep phones out of landfills by making dwelling goods. We’ve been repairing phones for over three years and recycling phone screens for the last year. Displays that are too broken to be recycled must be thrown where we come in awaythat’s,. We’d choose to not pack our landfills with hazardous waste, so we make stuff out of three years hand, in the United States.”
As the business grows Used plans to turn to other cell phone repair shops. The startup now has access to about 20,000 pieces but will need more as the business scales. Partnering with other shops could also make available the detritus of other products besides just Apple’s for crafting upcycled designs.
“We’re fully planning on expanding into other systems at the same time, it will all hinge on the Kickstarter’s success nonetheless,” Koerner said.
Based on an employee who was choosing names and handing out booking cards, demand for the 5S is so intense – and supplies are so low – that Apple is changing all of the 5s purchasers from the store so that they don’t mob it for other people striving to find Apple products. (Click the photo below.)
The Apple rep didn’t give a delay time – that one was simply out of bounds.
The 5s is certainly a popular-selling phone. Apple sold 9 million combined 5c versions and 5s in its first weekend of launch.
Apple isn’t as brief on 5s models as the big line up made it seem. According to Apple’s on-line availabilty program, two out of the five Apple stores in nyc now have the 32GB, gold Verizon iPhone 5s four out of five, and unit had the AT&T model. Delivery times for orders that are online are 2-3 weeks, however.
Part of the lineup phenomenon may function as the unusual role the Fifth Avenue shop plays in the ecosystem of Apple. As the firm’s U.S. retail main, it is an iconic building and tends to bring many foreign tourists and out-of-towners who can’t find, or may not understand about Apple’s Upper West Side or West Village stores.