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Restart radio: the upgrade cycle and recycling

In our first weekly (live) radio show, we talked with Restarter Ben Skidmore about some tough mobile and tablet repairs and discussed the mobile upgrade cycle and why we do not recycle.


Why Europe fails to recycle e-waste and some solutions

Despite the best efforts of legislators, regulators and law enforcement, in Europe, we continue to dispose of e-waste in the most inefficient and dangerous ways. Right here, in our own back garden. The solution is citizen-centred.

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 Podcast Ep 2: Interview with a product designer

Our second podcast episode features some frustrating gadgets including an inkjet printer given as a wedding present. Product designer Barry Waddilove explains why these gadgets frustrate and how new thinking could transform our relationship with electronics.

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Introducing the Restart Podcast

This is the first in a series produced by brilliant podcaster Dave Pickering, based on real fixes, heartbreaks and wisdom shared at our community repair events – called Restart Parties – here in London. This podcast is for you if you would like to fix your relationship with electronics. Let’s rethink, restart.

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Good news: awards and institutional support

We won some recognition and funding! Votes of confidence from Nominet Trust, Unltd, WRAP and the London Sustainable Development Commission help our “upstart” message travel further.


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.

Polar Bear Mother and Cubs on Sea Ice

Designing for more visible waste prevention

You may recall, a year ago, we celebrated a “polar bear” worth of electronic waste prevented by our participants and volunteers. Now we’re headed towards a ton of electronic waste, which would be more like a whole polar bear family!


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.