Hardwear: the first jewellery collection made out of scooter frames
Oct 26, 2022
Bolt scooters are built on a modular design, allowing for easier repairability and an industry-leading lifespan of up to 60 months.
They’re also made from 90% aluminium and other recyclable materials. So, if a scooter cannot be repaired and reused after five years of operations, it’s decommissioned and recycled as part of our circular approach to sustainability.
But what if we could do more than just recycle?
Recycling vs. upcycling
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.
Upcycling can turn plastic bottles into face visors, jars into candle holders, and shoe boxes into plant pots. But what can it do with Bolt scooter frames?
Bolt x Tanel Veenre
To answer the question, we teamed up with Tanel Veenre, an Estonian designer with a signature style of whimsical, playful creations.
His work has been 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.
In short, Tanel knows what he’s doing — and when we delivered some old scooters to his studio, he got straight to work.
After four months of peeling paint, slicing aluminium, smoothing edges, drilling holes, installing screws, anodising, and painting — we finally had a truly upcycled product. Introducing: Hardwear.
From hardware to 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.
“It was an amazing collaboration! I loved how it broke my routine and taught me so much about a new material — aluminium. I also got to work with geometric forms, which I usually don’t do. And also, human-wise, the collaboration was great; Bolt is such an open and creative brand, and there were no limits except exploring the possibilities of upcycling the scooters”.
The Hardwear collection is built on two principles:
Sustainability. The collection is produced with a zero-waste approach, and any leftover material will undergo a traditional recycling process.
Safety. We believe that the safety of pedestrians and cyclists is a shared responsibility of all traffic participants. But until we implement foolproof ways of preventing accidents, wearing reflective items can make road users safer.
Sustainability and safety are also the guiding principles of Bolt scooters and e-bikes. Earlier this year, we published our annual 2022 Bolt Scooter Safety Report, which showed the accident rate per 10,000 Bolt scooter rides decreasing by 13% compared to 2021.
And in an effort to improve parking and limit CO2 emissions, we’re installing Bolt charging docks in cities across Europe. In Tallinn alone, they’ve proven to reduce over 300 kg of CO2 emissions per month.
We’re on a mission to fight for better cities and against private cars — and sustainability and safety will always remain at its core.