Recycling is an industrial process that creates new materials out of old ones. Upcycling, on the other hand, uses old products to create new ones. It relies on already existing materials and reduces the need for recycling altogether, therefore contributing to a more circular economy.
Bolt teamed up with Tanel Veenre, an Estonian designer, to produce Hardwear.
Hardwear is the world’s first collection of jewellery made out of scooter frames. With Tanel’s help, we upcycled our oldest scooter models and turned them into a series of earrings, bracelets, and pendants.
They’re available in five colourways (green, purple, blue, white metal, and black) and a range of different finishes. The upcycling process preserved and enhanced the qualities of our scooters, making the collection:
Ultra-lightweight. Aluminium is four times lighter than silver, making it the perfect material for everyday jewellery. The 001 model earrings weigh just five grams, while the largest 003 model bracelet weighs only 13 grams.
Ultra-durable. Made of aircraft-grade, heat-treated aluminium, the pieces will remain intact even under the harshest weather conditions. They’re also resistant to tarnishing and rust.
Reflective. Coated with reflective dust, selected pieces of the collection become reflective at night. This allows for extra visibility, whether on the pavement or the dance floor.
Tanel Veenre had his work exhibited in more than 300 solo and group exhibitions around the world. He has been awarded at London Fashion Week and is the recipient of the Golden Needle, Golden Egg, and Estonian Cultural Awards, as well as the Kristjan Raud prize.