Earlier this week, Jaymi argued that taking ownership of how our gadgets work is a crucial step toward a healthier planet, and that by doing so:
We are avoiding the environmental footprint of constant upgrades and piles of outdated devices, we're participating in the recycling stream by finding value in and reusing old parts, and we're contributing to the creativity of our future world.
For those who agree and want their household appliances to be just as repairable as their electronics, there's Natalia Coll's Edwin. The oddly named fruit squeezer concept is made from wood and ceramic, and is designed to be fully repairable.
Coll takes the same approach to electronics as Jaymi does:
Nowadays, actual electrodomestics have an expiry date. Several reasons like programmed obsolescence or irreparaible designs make the products easily spoilable, adding that it is almost impossible for it to have a second life or a enter a proper disposal cycle.
She explains that past fruit squeezers she had owned would inevitably break, and she couldn't open them, let alone fix them. Edwin is her response: a squeezer than can be opened, with replaceable parts should something break. The current design is a prototype, but Coll hopes to find a production company that will sell extra parts in addition to the Edwin, so it can actually be fixed. Watch it in action:
The design is simple and winning; hopefully Coll can bring it to market. Nonetheless, I think I'll stick with my handheld wooden fruit squeezer, which does a great job, and will never need to be repaired.