1 community repair events
2 culture change
- products are increasingly harder to repair
- is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world
Fifty million tonnes of e-waste is produced on an annual basis and that could grow to 120m by 2050 if left unchecked.
- question: how big is it currently, relative to others?
- the amount of household appliances failing within 5 years of their purchase has increased over time
3.2 carbon emissions
- CO2 emissions associated with device manufacture
- "around 80% of a small electronic device’s carbon footprint — over the whole of its lifecycle — is emitted before it even reaches UK shores."
3.2.1 dodgy carbon accounting
- "The UK is, however, very special. Not only for its mind-blowing historical carbon debt, but also for its current, very creative, carbon accounting"
- "We must take responsibility for our emissions, wherever they occur."
- Collapse OS
- Using products for longer is one of the simplest actions we can take towards climate justice
- Why taking responsibility for our carbon emissions means promoting the Right to Repair
- Giving old tech a second life
- Also reusues the skills of people previously manufacturing
According to Pete Seeger, "If it can’t be reduced, reused, #REPAIRED, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production". We couldn't agree more. #RightToRepair #EWWR2019
That's because Apple has designed the MacBook Pro such that fixing even one key requires replacing the entire keyboard apparatus, as well as part of the metal enclosure and some other components
It's not great for tech consumers that buying an expensive service plan is the only way to have peace of mind when buying a $2,500 device.
7 Ecodesign Directive
- EU's plans to reduce the environmental impacts of products
- make products last longer, and are easier to repair and recycle
8 Manchester Declaration
- UK community repair movement
- came together in October 2018
- asking UK legislators, decision-makers, product manufacturers and designers, to promote Right to Repair
9 Ecodesign Core
- product design that allows replacing key componenets with the use of commonly available tools
- spare parts availability for 7 to 10 years
- access to technical and repair guides for repairers, such as the wiring diagrams or exploded views of products
10 Felipe Fonseca
- platform coops for connecting actors in reuse and repair
12 Elsewhere in the garden
Notes that link to this note (AKA backlinks).
- Sustainable tech
- Designing for sustainability (book)
- Praxis for the hacker class
- Repair and maintenance
- Bullshit jobs
We place capitalism in quarantine only to discover:
- The paramount importance of all maintenance work: transport, logistics, cleaning, health work, etc.
- The radical uselessness of financiers, consultants & vultures
- The absolute centrality of informal/family/support networks
- AI and ethics
- Intellectual property
- Digital regulation
- History of the textile industry
- Limbo: virtual experience of asylum
- Sustainable technology
- My Devices
- Smart cities
- Algorithmic bias and racism
- Online content moderation
- organisational tech policies
- predator prey modelling
- evolutionary and adaptive systems
- supply chains
It might not be possible to fully decentralise manufacture of some things. Decentralised repair should also be enabled, to allow people to keep things going for longer locally.