UnDesigning for the Dump

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  • 1. UNDESIGNING FOR THE DUMP Canadian Academy Presented by Annegret and Georgia at the Kansai Cluster Global Issues Network Conference, March 17th 2012Edited for upload by Stephen Taylor
  • 2. What is the life cycle of an electronic product? What problems occur along the way?How do our choices impact others and the world? How can we un-design for the dump? (http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-electronics/)
  • 3. What are the problems? Where are the problems? Who is affected? Where is there conflict?Screenshots taken from The Story of Electronics, by Annie Leonard (http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-electronics/)
  • 4. DesignScreenshots taken from The Story of Electronics, by Annie Leonard (http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-electronics/)
  • 5. Resource DepletionScreenshots taken from The Story of Electronics, by Annie Leonard (http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-electronics/)
  • 6. PollutionScreenshots taken from The Story of Electronics, by Annie Leonard (http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-electronics/)
  • 7. ToxinsScreenshots taken from The Story of Electronics, by Annie Leonard (http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-electronics/)
  • 8. Consuming too muchScreenshots taken from The Story of Electronics, by Annie Leonard (http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-electronics/)
  • 9. Constant new productsImages taken from Apple (http://www.apple.com/macbookair/, http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/)
  • 10. E-WasteScreenshots taken from The Story of Electronics, by Annie Leonard (http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-electronics/)
  • 11. RecyclingScreenshots taken from The Story of Electronics, by Annie Leonard (http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-electronics/)
  • 12. Major Questions 1. How should 2. What could we do as designers undesign or consumers to solve redesign for the dump? these issues?Screenshots taken from The Story of Electronics, by Annie Leonard (http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-electronics/)
  • 13. Activity • Undesign for the dump! • Redesign an electronic product so it will not cause all of these issues. • Time: 10 minutesScreenshots taken from The Story of Electronics, by Annie Leonard (http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-electronics/)
  • 14. Activity• What five questions do you think consumers should ask before buying a product?
  • 15. Suggestions• Ask questions before purchasing: • Is it reusable or more durable? • Is it made from recycled materials? • What is the product replacing, what will happen to the old product? • Will it need special disposal? • Will the manufacturer take the product back?• Treat products with care so they last longer• Update OS and software instead of the device itself