One of the two small entrances to Agbogbloshie scrapyard, photo by Adam Minter

Representations of e-waste globally matter

This past weekend, we witnessed remotely forced and violent evictions occurring in a neighbourhood of Ghana’s capital city Accra. Agbogbloshie is portrayed as the continent’s largest electrical wasteland; in truth it is a functional, profit-making recycling network.

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Restart in retail: “Working It” at Selfridges

We’re proud to announce our first “residency” in a retailer – and not just any retailer – in Selfridges, an iconic London department store. The theme of their month of events is called “Work It” (not Work IT, although that might be appropriate for us!)

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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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Want to host a Restart Party? Please use our new kit

In our Restart Party Kit, we offer some small tips and suggestions that might help other Restart Party hosts get started quicker. At the end of the day, throwing a Restart Party is not rocket science. Restart Party hosts are social people who make great things possible, one repair at a time.

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Restart at universities

Our “residency” at City University this month was worthwhile as we reached students in need, and students who will spread our ethos. We had some really important learning that will inform how we work with universities going forward.

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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. Open data means what it says on the tin. Data sets are that accessible, useable and made available to the general public. […]

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Guest post: normalising repair and challenging “perceived obsolescence”

This post is by Brighton Repair Café co-founder Victoria Jackson. We started around the same time and we have so much in common. When we set up the Brighton Repair Café in November 2012 we didn’t realise how big the global fixer movement was going to become. We thought it was a great idea (having […]

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Summer reading list: books to inspire restarting

We need more than Youtube teardowns and iFixit guides to inspire us! It may seem like we are online all the time but we love a good book, a good long-read when we get the chance. So we’re sharing our summer reading list, partly in the hopes that you will share some books with us […]

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Repair and reuse in Beijing

During a visit to Beijing last month we had the opportunity to get a taste for the local repair and reuse culture. First we visited the Zhong Xing Used Goods Market, an impressive district of warehouses, where all kinds of used products are refurbished and prepared to be resold. We were particularly impressed with entire […]