Climate Action

New solar-powered watch is made from recycled plastic

Two French designers are leading the way to reducing plastic pollution by creating a watch made from recycled bottles.

  • 24 August 2018
  • Rachel Cooper

Two French designers are leading the way to reducing plastic pollution by creating a watch made from recycled bottles.

The new eco-friendly watch is named ‘Awake’. It is made from plastic waste, recycled stainless steel and is powered by solar energy.

The watch, launched on Kickstarter last month, was fully funded within one hour. Currently, they have 858 backers and a total of $307,080 which has dramatically surpassed the $30,000 target. It will cost around $300 and is available to pre-order now.  

The designers have also ensured sustainable production by reusing existing materials, using the cleanest technologies and limiting transport to the maximum.

They watch has four different kinds of straps to accommodate a variety of customers:

  • One made from plastic waste.
  • The second a chemical free vegetable tanned leather strap.
  • The third is a rubber strap that has been made from 100 per cent natural rubber which is strong, flexible and completely waterproof.
  • The last is a recycled stainless steel mesh strap.

The watch itself is powered by nature, and can absorb energy from anywhere. It is sustainable without a disposable battery and is easy going, three hours wear on your wrist will provide up to six months of power reserve, without any light.

Other features include; being water resistant to 100 metres and having premium glass which increases durability and scratch resistance.

The French designers, Lilian and Fred said: “We want to show that we can create objects with an innovative design and very high quality, while still limiting our environmental impact as much as possible. And give people the opportunity to make a difference.”

They have also committed to giving back by supporting ‘Trash Heroes’, a team which create sustainable, community-based projects that remove existing waste, and reduce future waste by inspiring long-term behavioural change. The support has resulted in 160 beach clear-ups that will remove more than 17 tonnes of trash from oceans.

If you want to find out more about the ‘Awake’ watch then click here.

Photo Credit: Awake