Recently we’ve been talking with neighbour business 2052 Props about a reuse project – where we would pull parts from commonly failing electronics and repurpose them creatively into new products. For Pancake Day we took the heated bed from a 3D printer and made some pancakes.
The “declutter” and “tiny house” trends are a consumerist purging. They run the risk of becoming transformed from ways of thinking to passive services and a pret-a-ocuper products. It is comparatively easy to throw or give away. It is harder to change our relationship with stuff.
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.
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.
During a visit to Beijing last month we had the opportunity to get a taste for the local repair and reuse culture. Here’s what we saw and what we learned.