Printers, Yoda & the Planet

Posted on January 19, 2016 by Planet Boab | 0 Comments

So, my 2rd printer in 12 months just died on me! I was hoping to be able to change the faulty part, no luck, the whole printer had to be replaced. I hated the idea of spending money when I had a 95% perfect printer!. The 'wastage', I railed as I searched for what bugged me so much that I wasted another half hour going through the blogs and commiserating with other consumers, at least in spirit, before I sagged and submitted and started looking for another one. But not the same brand, I promised myself, feeling for a fleeting moment that I had regained some control over my time and money.

I think the truth is we all want our things to last. I want time to become fond of the things I buy, using the same printer or other item, over and over again, reliably, serviceably. When they wear out, I fondly take them to be repaired, conserving the planet, my cash and my sanity! Perhaps you can identity with having bought things that were designed not to last. So I support suppliers who are likeminded to Planet Boab, who make things that are good for the planet and that last.

Some things to look out for when you to buy: 

Design for disassembly - this is all about knowing a product is put together so that it can be easily and cost effectively taken apart at the end of its life to recapture materials for recycling. For example gluing two different materials together might make it hard for them to be taken apart and recycled at the end of life.

Design for longevity – products that last longer can help to avoid, reduce environmental problems, especially those associated with waste at the end of life. Longevity is about products that are more durable and will retain their value so people can re-sell them at the end of life. 

Design for recyclability – What happens to a product at the end of life is assisted by the choices made at the start. What materials have been selected, can they be recycled in the country that the product will be used in? Have they combined materials with fastenings that will make it hard for them to be pulled apart and recycled? 

Design for upgradability - being able to upgrade a product as people’s needs or technology changes is an important part of increasing the sustainability of a product – the longer it lasts the better as materials are valued for longer and it reduces the need for someone to buy something new. 


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