Waste Awareness Project

Consequences of disposable electronic consumer products

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An estimated 32 million tons of electronic waste are produced annually and we hope to draw people’s attention to this issue, as well as to the consequences of obtaining the materials (including conflict minerals) and disposing of the waste after a very short life-span of usability.

Young people are very receptive to this message as it is often young people in developing countries who are involved in the mining and the waste processing, working in difficult and dangerous circumstances. Young people in rich countries like the UK are subjected to intensive marketing to obtain the latest electronic gadgets and games, which contain more and more sophisticated surveillance tools to profile their user’s lives, and are designed to produce habit-forming behaviour in even very young users. Yet we have less and less control over -or understanding of- the workings of our technology. Often, the technology seems to control the user now, instead of the other way around.

Making Change Project Todmorden - Delayed

learn about what is inside some everyday electronic items

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Update on #iwill / Making Change Project

Due to issues of restricted access to schools in 2020 this project will now run in a similar way in 2021.

About #iwill / Making Change Project

Scavenger Labs are a new social enterprise concerned with environmental and science education. We are running a social action project in partnership with Todmorden High School and Todmorden Learning Centre to raise environmental awareness and promote positive behavioural change as part of the #iwill programme. https://www.iwill.org.uk/

Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Calderdale we will work with young people and families from Todmorden High to create a campaign around waste and creative approaches to behaviour change.

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Scavengers Stage Show

learn about what is inside some everyday electronic items

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In this show Steve Summers demonstrates a selection of upcycled Noisy Toys built from e-waste, we learn about what is inside some everyday electronic items (by breaking them open), where some of the materials come from and where they go to when the thing breaks. Some weighty topics around the human and environmental consequences of disposable electronics, as well as a dash of electromagnetism, but the style is fun and entertaining, with a focus on what we can do to help, and how we can take back the control of our technology.

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PR - Todmorden Repair Cafe

A repair cafe is when volunteers come together to fix visitors' things

Todmorden Repair Cafe

23rd Nov - 12.00 - 16.00

Free Event at the Masonic Hall, White Hart Fold near Train Station.

A repair cafe is when volunteers come together to fix visitors things in a friendly cafe style setting. You can even just come along for a brew and a chat.

Find out more at repaircafe.org - or our facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/todrepaircafe

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Press Release Making Change Project Todmorden

learn about what is inside some everyday electronic items

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Press Release #iwill / Making Change Project

Scavenger Labs are a new social enterprise concerned with environmental and science education. We are running a social action project in partnership with Todmorden High School and Todmorden Learning Centre to raise environmental awareness and promote positive behavioural change as part of the #iwill programme. https://www.iwill.org.uk/

Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Calderdale we will work with young people and families from Todmorden High to create a campaign around waste and creative approaches to behaviour change.

[Read More]