HOW TO BE MORE IN TOUCH WITH YOUR ELECTRONICS
Website, Product, Workshop, Audio
Electronics have become increasingly prominent in our everyday lives, yet the general public doesn't fully grasp their environmental implications.
According to the Global E-Waste Monitor 2017, electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream and accounts for 44.7m metric tonnes of waste, the equivalent of 4,500 Eiffel towers.
REWARE is a collection of educational tools which aims to question the status quo of electronic consumption; encouraging the everyday consumer to rethink their relationship to these products and to reconnect with their material significance. Repair and modularity of products are the main areas explored.
The modular bluetooth speaker is made from previous generation speaker drivers and other salvaged or bought parts. The resulting object object is fashionable and personalisable whilst also being sustainable; the parts can be replaced and updated. The components are visible for all to see and access, contrary to traditionally sealed electronics.
A series of repair workshops, run in April 2019, aime to teach people how to fix their cracked mobile screens in a relaxed group environment. The workshops were a platform to spark debate on how products are designed and what can be done to improve a product's sustainability.
The workshops overseen by professional repairers from Brockley Tech who shared their skills and knowledge with the participants.
Rewareit.com presents the project and provides information on e-waste with links to organisations which promote sustainability in electronics. It also includes interviews with important actors active within the e-waste industry and legislation.