Between now and 2020 the UK will
dispose of 12 Mt of WEEE, which is equivalent to over 178 kg per
Many "green" projects concentrate on
food, textiles, and furniture waste, and reducing energy wasted at
home and in transport, but very few people think about the devices on
which we have all become increasingly dependent.
And while the
environmental impacts of electronic waste are truly disturbing and
reach even beyond our borders, the problem is much deeper. We feel
caught in a cycle of consumption, feeling disempowered. Most people
have simply lost the skills to be resilient, sustainable and ethical
in their use of electronics.
So The Restart Project started with a
year of intense activity - on an absolute shoestring - with free
community events called "Restart Parties".
What makes us unique from other
grassroots repair initiatives is that we are developing trainings and
events will be targeted to students and young people, as well as
people who are interested in reskilling. We are also looking into
ways to add value to the commercial repair economy, through
Our ideas are unique, sustainable and
scalable - and we have the ambition to scale behaviour change
towards ethical electronics consumption globally.