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Product Design
Published: 11 Aug 2017

Eco-Friendly Electronics: The Repairable Flat Pack Toaster

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Repairable Flatpack Toaster

In response to our increasingly throwaway attitude to home appliances, University of Edinburgh graduate Kasey Hou has created a flat-pack toaster designed for repair. Hou suggests that if people are able to construct their own electronics, they will have a better understanding of how they work, making them more likely to fix them rather than simply buy replacements.

The toaster itself has a pared-back design that makes it simple enough for anyone to build. For example, it features a manual pop-up function rather than an automatic one. The self-assembly format also enables it to be deconstructed for easier recycling when it does reach the end of its useful life.

The move towards self-assembly and designing for repair – a trend we’ve been tracking since our 2014 report Ethical Electronics – can be viewed as an evolution of the hacking movement, as highlighted in Design Democracy: Outsider. For further inspiration around this concept, see Adding Value: Long-Lasting Products and Designing Out Waste.

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