Restart Radio: Camping Gadgets

As summer draws to a close, we think about the role of tech in our experience of the ‘Great Outdoors’. Taking a look at the useful, the useless, and the DIY, we think about how current consumer trends in camping and outdoor gear reflect the complicated nature of our desire to ‘get away from it all’.

Restart @school session 6: Mobiles, lithium batteries and critical raw materials

Mobiles help us talk about miniaturisation – and material consequences. We delved into the topic of “critical raw materials”, learning about recycling rates, and need to slow our consumption. Then we changed mobile batteries

Pile of discarded hoverboards

Restart Radio: Hoverboards and throw-away toys for ‘big kids’

When we grow up, we buy things for sensible reasons, and don’t lose get bored or lose interest with our ‘toys’… or so the story goes. But recent fads for personal mobility devices would suggest otherwise.

Restart Radio: Black Friday and consumer confidence

With Black Friday coming this week, we discuss whether more people buying more shiny new stuff is really an indication of a healthy economy, and what to make of conflicting “consumer confidence” headlines.

Material gifts, durability and our common future

This clickbait headline caught our attention: “Suck it, Hippies: Study Shows Material Gifts Can Bring Happiness”. But we need greater insight than a six-week psychology study.