15. Feb 2019
by manu

Repair Café

Repair Café Map of the world

What to do with a broken chair or a toaster that throws sparks? What to do with a pullover with wholes in it? Toss it? No Way!

You go to the Repair Café! 🙂

There you can repair stuff yourself with professional help at your side while you sip a coffee and chat with nice people!

Take a look at it:
→ repaircafe.org

20. May 2018
by manu

A 3D-printer made of e-waste

Ein 3D-Drucker aus Elektroschrott © inhabitat.com

A westafrican inventor has built a 3D-printer out of electronic waste!

The waste problem in Africa is known. Almost everyone has seen pictures of enormous piles of trash with children playing on them and adults on the lookout for some higher value materials to finance their life…

As did Kodjo Afate Gnikou from West-Africa. He built a 3D-printer out of electronic waste, which you can buy for $100.

→ inhabitat.com
→ ulule.com

First published: October 13th, 2013
9. Apr 2018
by manu

Precious Plastic

Dave Hakkens and his team make it possible for people to create new stuff from plastic waste!

One of the core goals of Precious Plastic is to offer people in developing countries ways to work with plastic waste as this resource is so freaking ubiquitous in their environments. We do this on a daily basis with our knowledge, technologies and platforms but sometimes we want to go a step further and give our full expertise and support by going in areas and set up plastic recycling workspaces- we call these projects Precious Plastic Pilot.
Quelle: davehakkens.nl

→ davehakkens.nl
→ preciousplastic.com
→ Precious Plastic at Work

5. Nov 2017
by manu

HTV Life – A seal for sustainability

HTV Life - Ein Nachhaltigkeitssiegel

 

Unfortunately, it is increasingly the case that manufacturers produce their goods for a short intended lifetime. These are preferably supposed to fail shortly after guarantee period in order to sell a new product to the customer as quickly as possible. Thereby, a huge sales increase is possibly assumed.

 

This is made possible by the installation of „planned life limiting predetermined breaking points“ such as under-dimensioned capacitors or capacitors deliberately placed beside heat sources, weak resistors or non-exchangeable, in other words, permanently installed accumulators which for example are already defective after only 500 charging cycles (i. e. approximately after 2 years). Electronic counters are also applied, which in case of a certain number of working steps, for example, in case of printed pages of printers, then sets the device to error status or leads to a malfunction. […]

 

Based on this planned „suicide“ (planned obsolescence) of products citizens should be persuaded to constantly purchase something new even after a short period of time! […]

 

Due to irresponsible and greedy behaviour of some producers more and more electronic waste and hazardous waste accrues, while our valuable raw materials are plundered!
This is economically and ecologically fatal and a disaster for our environment.
[…]

 

Products to be analysed are meticulously examined by HTV and tested with regard to possible „planned life limiting predetermined breaking points“.
Source: htv-life.com

 

→ htv-life.com

10. Jul 2017
by manu

No flat tires anymore

Flat bike tires are annoying and cause a lot of waste.
So what would you say, if there were tires that are unflatable, because they don’t have to be filled with air?!

 

→ more info (kickstarter.com – November 2016)

 

 

UPDATE:

Here you can now buy these unflatable tires:
tannusamerica.com

 

Tire-Upcycling

For all of you who want to upcycle your already flat tires:
→ here are some ideas

13. Oct 2016
by manu

Do you remember Phonebloks

Phonebloks is the idea to build smartphones in a modular way so that broken parts can be replaced or updated more easily and increase the lifespan of a phone or technical device.

 

 

Here are 2 modular smartphones that are available right now:

 

Fairphone 2

The Fairphone 2 is the first modular phone on the market. Designed for repairability, spare parts are available in our shop to battle anything life throws at it.

 

New orders will be shipped in March

→ Fairphone2 (fairphone.com)

 

Puzzlephone

It’s the long­-lasting smartphone with three easy-to-change modules. (Like a puzzle. Except this is a phone.) Buying a new phone every time you drop it is now history. PuzzlePhone is reliable, upgradeable – ­even repairable!

 

New orders will be shipped in September

→ Puzzlephone (puzzlephone.com)

 

 

More Links

 

→ older ReThink-Blog-Entry (15.Sept.2013)
→ Phonebloks (phonebloks.com)
→ Project Ara – by Google (projectara.com)
→ Dave Hakkens / Phonebloks – Project Ara Cancelled (davehakkens.nl)
→ Fairphone2 (fairphone.com)
→ Puzzlephone (puzzlephone.com)