The Restart Project

The Restart Project is a London-based social enterprise that encourages and empowers people to use their electronics longer in order to reduce waste.”

image: the restart project
image: the restart project

Come on, confess. How many mobile phones have you owned to date? Read on…

Personally, in about 10 years, I think I’ve gone through about 10, though I can’t remember how many of them I broke, sold on, lost or even traded with friends at times. (Ah, the Motorola V100e, ‘V Box’ I have found you once again…) Overall, I certainly like new technology and get reasonably excited about it, but not to the degree that I’ll get rid of something that ‘does the job’ just so I can have the new shiniest thing.

For example, the laptop I’m writing this on replaced a 4-5 year old one that had fallen off my bike several times… but the old one still works and I use it in the office most days. Aside from that, a key point in favour of this laptop compared to some others in my price range was that, although it’s not perfect in terms of user repairability – it’s sure better than others for that point in 2-3 years time when the battery or hard drive inevitably explodes. One day outside of warranty no doubt.

But point made anyway. For all the amazing ways technology is developing and expanding, one area it remains resolutely rubbish at is repair and redundancy; something the Restart Project is aiming to address. Just in case, I should say it’s not associated with the Gwyneth Paltrow web series of the same name!

They host numerous events ‘Restart Parties’ and encourage others to do so (nearest one seems to be Nottingham but wouldn’t be surprised if it, or something similar comes to Leicester). But the important part is that you don’t just take along your old junk to be fixed for free, you come to share and learn among the experts so you know how to do it yourself next time.

You know what they say, defrag a mans hard drive and he will be fine for a year, teach a man to defrag his own hard drive and he will be fine for a lifetime.

They have also acted as a sort of cheerleader for people designing tech products that have user repairability at their core, such as the Fairphone and the Bloom laptop.

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