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Worn thin: the limits of a “logic of innovation”

People overwhelmingly value battery life over “thin”. Numerous studies have backed the idea that people want battery life more than any other “innovation”. So why do manufacturers seem to sideline this straight-forward desire in favour of “thin”?


Guest post: Restarting Design and Technology

This is guest post by Steve Parkinson, co-founder of Teach Design, a group of Design and Technology teachers. He talks about the opportunities for collaboration with The Restart Project in the classroom.

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Why we care about measurement – introducing our Fixometer concept

People love to get their gadgets fixed. There is absolutely no doubt about it. But what we would like to more clearly demonstrate the environmental benefits to repairing.


Open data for a truly circular economy

We talked at the Nesta Hot Topics session on how “open data” can help us use things for longer, and have a better idea of how they are recycled at end of life.

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Sustainable design: focus on gadget longevity

We spoke at the Indie Tech Summit in July. Our message: the same attention we dedicate to privacy, we need to dedicate to a more sustainable use of technology.


Exploring our e-waste: opening gadgets and learning about disposal

We hosted a very fast, two hour exploration of electronic waste at the Open Knowledge Festival. While we owe much of the growth of “Open Knowledge” to physical networks, hardware and electronics, we often ignore its material aspects and the consequences.


How to grow a circular economy

Recently, we contributed to the Environmental Audit Committee’s ongoing inquiry on Growing a Circular Economy – our evidence follows below. Thanks to Lara Houston for her work on this document.

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Energy, emissions and our gadgets

Apple is in PR blitz mode, promoting green initiatives. Yet there is nothing to suggest that Apple is addressing reduction of carbon emissions at manufacture, which according to their own data is the overwhelming majority.

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Let’s give repair a chance!

Post originally published on the blog of Resource Conference, a free event on the circular economy. In conversations on the circular economy, especially related to electronics, we often feel that repair is little more than an afterthought. Yet, extending the lifespan of an existing device provides tangible benefits: it reduces waste management costs as well as […]