Last month, I was invited by Amy at Zero Waste Scotland to contibute to a national campaign initiated by the Scottish Government to raise public awarness about the 'circular economy'. A concept exploring how to maximise the flow of materials in current circulation by indentifying opportuniites to sustain use, reuse and remake.
I was asked to talk about mobile phone reuse, this is a key issue as we have more phones in the UK than people. I refered to google's Ara, a prototype modular phone, this project explores how key features could be reconfigured incrementally and personalised to the user.
In addition to modular mobile phones the campaign promoted tool sharing libraries, leasing clothes, packaging from plants and 3D printing. Each apporach presents an exciting range of new opportunities for considerate material consumption and they can also be comibined.
Further information can be found via the Zero Waste Scotland website.