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Frustrated by stuff you have to throw away? Get nominating products for a redesign

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MEDIA: ThePeoplesDesignLab Mon 20-May-13 12:25:45

Hi Mumsnetters,

Are you frustrated by stuff you have to throw away? Stuff where recycling or repair seems too difficult? Do you have solutions you want to share? The People’s Design Lab can help. Join us at our website or on facebook

The first round of nominations and voting is open until 27th May – so vote now to have your say about which products will get redesigned over the summer.

By joining the Lab you get connected to designers, scientists, fixperts and manufacturers. Together, we can unpick the problems and create new Zero Waste design solutions. Nominate products you can’t recycle, re-use or repair for a People’s Design Lab Award. Vote for nominated products. Tell us about better ideas.

The Award categories are:

The Weakest Link Award for Products You Thought Would Last a Long Time, but broke and then couldn’t be fixed. Maybe these items are impossible to open or take apart without inflicting terminal damage to the product, or it could be that spares just aren’t available. Take, for example, affordable headphones, which break easily and are very hard, if not impossible, to fix. That’s a nomination for the Weakest Link.

The Bin Again Award for Stuff You Throw Away Week After Week. What is it that you keep throwing in the bin? Black food packaging trays, multi-layer envelopes, pump dispensers, baby wipes? The purpose of this award for disposables is to highlight and find solutions for products that are frustratingly designed for limited use. Can they not be made out of recycled material? Is there no alternative already available or waiting to be developed?

The Russian Doll Award for Unnecessary Packaging. We’ve all seen these products that need a packaging makeover. Maybe they have too many different materials or are made of non-recyclable materials? If you are frustrated about the packaging around a product or have a great idea for alternative packaging to propose, then this is the place to share it. Don’t be shy; let’s out pre-peeled re-wrapped bananas, cereal packets whose plastic packaging and cardboard boxes are only 3/5 full, crisps and biscuit packaging, dead space in pharmaceutical products, and other ridiculous examples of unnecessary packaging in our wasteful society.

Award for all Other Products Needing A Redesign. If your nomination does not fit any of these categories, just submit it here! Small electronic chargers for example, just need to be re-designed. Why do they all have to be so different? So incompatible? Share your frustrations with People’s Lab and join forces to rethink these products.

Ultimately, it’s time to champion zero waste design. So The People’s Lab also asks for nominations for the Best Zero Waste Design to celebrate the many ground-breaking innovations that are already being developed. See for example reusable carpet tiles, or the ARA Chair, the first chair to achieve full Cradle to Cradle accreditation.

ThePeoplesDesignLab Tue 21-May-13 13:22:47

Hi blue2 - thanks for your suggestion - sounds like a lot of unwrapping!

There are some ideas here for how you might be able to reuse the polystyrene

(personally not convinced by the floating bath pillow)

If you want to see other nominations - head over to our page at

From the design lab

blue2 Mon 20-May-13 17:14:53

The Russian Doll Award...

goes to M&S who have sent me 8 hurricane lanterns. Its taken me an hour to unwrap them all, and apart form the 8 cardboard boxes (recycleable) - I have a 5' stack of polystyrene blocks to get rid of and 2 carrier bags of bubblewrap and smaller bits of polystyrene.



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