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Sick of replacing your stuff? 4 ways to overcome planned obsolescence

Sick of replacing your stuff? 4 ways to overcome planned obsolescence
There’s a new trending topic in ecologically responsible communities around the world: the planned obsolescence of products. Even if you haven’t yet noticed the articles and debates on this matter, the idea must have crossed your mind when you ran into some ancient, but functional hairdryer owned by your parents or grandparents. You might have thought “They don’t make’em like they used to”, but the practice of planned obsolescence dates back to the 1920’s. Government and journalistic investigations show that top light bulb manufacturers of the time agreed to reduce the lifespan of bulbs to 1,0...
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Redesign Europe Challenge launches first of 3 phases

Redesign Europe Challenge launches first of 3 phases
Press Contact: Lucia di Paola, Zero Waste Europe, lucia@zerowasteeurope.eu +32 (0) 2 503 64 88
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People’s Design Lab workshop in Paris - Zero Waste France tackles menstrual protections

People’s Design Lab workshop in Paris - Zero Waste France tackles menstrual protections
On December 17th 2016, Zero Waste France, organized a People’s Design Lab workshop targeting specifically menstrual protections : tampons, pads and the menstrual cup.
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MAKE LOVE, NOT WASTE - PEOPLE’S DESIGN LAB lands in Barcelona

MAKE LOVE, NOT WASTE - PEOPLE’S DESIGN LAB lands in Barcelona
MAKE LOVE, NOT WASTE - PEOPLE’S DESIGN LAB lands in Barcelona
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YES 2016 - A COMPETITION FOR YOUNG ENGINEERS

YES 2016 - A COMPETITION FOR YOUNG ENGINEERS
On the 11th and 12th of November, IDA (the Danish Association for Engineers) and Creature, prepared a two day competitions for young engineers across Europe. The challenge was to find solutions to the increasing problem of plastics ending up into seas and oceans. Zero Waste Europe and People's Design Lab were invited to feed into the debate and advise the participants.
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The 3 "good design award" finalists, to go #zerowaste

The 3 "good design award" finalists, to go #zerowaste
Existing alternatives strengthen the narrative of sustainable options and lifestyle. There are 3 finalists products for the Good Design award category, supporting alternatives:
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PDL taking off in Copenhagen, at YES 2016

PDL taking off in Copenhagen, at YES 2016
The PDL team from Zero Waste Europe is extremely excited to announce that we will be soon LIVE! The first workshop will take place on the 10th and 11th of November in the city of Copenhagen, as part of the 2016 edition of the Young Engineer Solution (YES) Competition organised by the Danish Engineering Association of Young Professionals (IDA YP). During this event, engineering, science students and professionals will be challenged to come up with solutions for one of the biggest environmental problem of our time: plastic pollution in the oceans (take a look at the video we took on one of Tagaytay beaches at The Philippines).
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Water - the problem and a solution

Water - the problem and a solution
One of the first products submitted to the People’s Design Lab website was the ‘packed water glass’, nominated for the Russian Doll Award, an example of excess packaging taken to the extreme. The use of non-recyclable single use packaging for such a small amount of water epitomises the wasteful mentality many products are designed with. Where branding and product marketing play a far bigger role than any consideration for what happens next.
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The Curse of Sachets in Asia: why western companies should be held accountable

The Curse of Sachets in Asia: why western companies should be held accountable
On the morning of Saturday 16th of July some of Zero Waste Europe’s staff took part in their first Philippines beach cleanup. It was only 8am, and a swarm of volunteers were already in action on Freedom Island’s beach, armed with bags and gloves to clear the sand from layers and layers of garbage carried downstream into the Manila bay from all the small canals and rivers crossing the megalopolis.
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The People's Design Lab UK

The People's Design Lab UK
The People’s Design Lab in the UK was a response to the frustration people experience when they are trying to avoid waste. All too often, bad product design means that there is no option but to throw things away. The Lab was created so that rather than feeling powerless to change the situation, people could come together to create a strong, constructive voice for better design.
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