We used our data about broken electronics to learn why they break, focusing on printers, tablets and batteries. Now we’re using these lessons to push for pro-repair regulation.
We’ve been hard at work here at Restart on a new project to explore our repair data and our environmental impact together. We’re happy to announce the support of ACTION (Participatory science toolkit against pollution) project, who are helping us incorporate “citizen science” approaches to our data work.
We don’t measure success simply by the number of objects fixed – success also comes in the form of changed attitudes, greater confidence, more enthusiasm for repair, or understanding of our wider patterns of resource use.
Every little bit of data we collect has been going into our Fixometer database, where we are steadily compiling valuable information about which products that are failing the most frequently, why they are failing, and whether we are able to repair them.
We are publishing findings of a research project with Nottingham Trent University to find out more about participants to Restart Parties
We took the opportunity to research commercial repair businesses in East London to come up with initial criteria to help find reliable options
Our mission is not just fixing, but connecting the dots between the way we use (and discard!) electronics, and the way they are produced. It is understanding – and intervening to reduce – their social and environmental impacts.
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.