Innovation

DIY Repairs, Easy Recycling, Feature in Design Competition

Fixing stuff yourself! What a concept.

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Electronic waste is a problem we've broken down and proposed solutions to in our infographics. And it's a big one: 20-50 tonnes each year enter the waste stream, posing hazards to the environment and people who recycle them.  That's why we worked with Autodesk, Core77, and iFixit to create the Design for (Your) Product Lifetime competition, challenging students to envision a product of the future: durable, repairable, and easily broken down into components for recycling when its useful life was over.

After a semester of hard work and more than 200 entries, the judges have completed the unenviable task of choosing their favorites. For first place, the judges selected two winners: the Infigo microwave oven and the Easy Access LCD monitor.