The Repairable Flatpack Toaster Reduces Electrical Waste

 - Jul 21, 2017
References: dezeen
Electronics are everywhere, including in landfills, and design graduate Kasey Hou's aptly named 'Repairable Flatpack Toaster' aims to reduce electrical waste by making it easier to keep around for a long time. As the name so elegantly indicates, the Repairable Flatpack Toaster comes dissembled, with an instruction booklet that tells consumers how to build it up while also providing an analog troubleshooting guide to repair it if it ever breaks down.

Though the flat-pack aspect of the toaster is convenient for shipping, the true inspiration behind that design ultimately ties back to reducing waste as well. The impetus is twofold: firstly, if people construct the toaster themselves, they'll have a stronger emotional attachment to it that will make them less inclined to throw it out. Secondly, building a toaster from scratch serve as a de facto session on how to repair one if anything ends up malfunctioning — a lesson far more effective than a YouTube video could ever be.