In a world dominated by obsolescence, everything goes fast and things come and go in our houses. The new generation is said to be obsessed with brands, technology and constant innovation but recently, a new trend appeared: the “maker movement”. Communities have grown all around the world and started to fix and re-use things from electronics to furniture creating a fashionable, sustainable movement. We found a very interesting article about this movement in The Guardian.
The growing community now welcomes people with different backgrounds, not only inventors or entrepreneurs but also a bunch of passionate willing to give another life to their old objects. “Much of the movement is around people adapting artefacts in their own contexts of use » says The Guardian, we think this is a great definition of the re-using and re-purposing process. There is a real mutual assistance within the makers, the more experienced share their tips with the beginners eager to learn; an online network is born providing tools and instructions to those who need them.
This movement has been a great source of inspiration for contemporary designers willing to help saving the planet by creating unique pieces from upcycled or reclaimed materials. “There’s a growing trend towards “design for repair” » which gives designers a large field of action for their créations. Fixing and re-using things is no longer for DIYers only, from now on everyone can decorate its interior with green, beautiful furniture and accessories.
At Moorbi we are convinced that this movement is the future for business and the right guiding line for a sustainable development. “Learning through solving our own problems – with the support of a worldwide community – is like large-scale constructionism with societal consequences beyond products » says Dan Lockton in his article for The Guardian. The impact of this trend is huge, businesses start to “re-manufacture” from used items to create brand new products, which is considerable in terms of waste and polluting emissions reduction. These companies noticed that many of the components that were thrown away could be re-used or fixed and took the opportunity to improve their way of producing. At the consumer level, this a totally new approach to purchasing, the makers and fixers will consume less new products and will try to re-use when it’s possible.
With sustainability as the largest motivator, the “maker movement” is now on the way and will change our purchasing habits for good. We truly believe that “this is where the wider sustainability impact could come: not just through making products that last longer, but through building our understanding and confidence to change the world for the better. »
You can read more in the article from The Guardian.
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