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.

Status: unrepaired. Options for reusing and recycling electronics

About 55% of devices that come to our Restart Parties remain “unrepaired” – what to do? Sometimes our Restarters refer people to commercial repairers for help. But what to do if you would like to say goodbye to your device responsibly?

Filling in a flip chart of devices and issues

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.

Exploring our e-waste: opening gadgets and learning about disposal

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.

How to grow a circular economy

Recently, we contributed to the Environmental Audit Committee’s ongoing inquiry on Growing a Circular Economy – our evidence follows below. Thanks to Lara Houston for her work on this document.