In this workshop, we give a second life to telephones and computers

Many people pass daily through the digital space of the Cooperative Society of Collective Interest (Scic) Tetris, in Grasse. We do research on the Internet, we work on a file, we build a CV. But that’s not all: here, thanks to the Tedee network, we repair and refurbish computers and mobile phones.
The aim is to extend the life of electrical and electronic equipment and to avoid throwing away items that are still functional. Five years ago, when the activity was launched, 20 tonnes of waste had been avoided.
Where are we today?

Consume better

Today, it is clear that you cannot put both hands on a keyboard without questioning yourself a little. Learning how to consume better, according to your needs and integrating the need to prolong the life of your devices as much as possible, that’s really Tedee’s message.

This year again, their action saved some 18.5 tonnes of electrical and electronic waste.

You should know that, worldwide, only 17.4% of this waste electrical and electronic equipment is collected and recycled. That is to say if the approach is valuable. This is how regulars arrive every day, their computer under their arm. We open, we listen, we unscrew… The expert from the Grasse network works directly with the person. You learn to manage your little hiccups on your own.

Tedee does in the collective, not in the lucrative monopoly.

“We try to find the right balance. To give information, to encourage reflection. We are in doing it together, whatever the activity”blows one of the masters of the place, Philippe Chemla.

Sell, lend, rent, give away

Refurbished equipment is for sale. But not only. “Sometimes we rent, sometimes we donate. There are self-employed people who need equipment but don’t have the budget: we help them. This is also the case for some families who are in difficulty. “
Philippe Chemla details: “What we refurbish does not necessarily have a dazzling success on sale since in the 18.5 tonnes of waste, we have 60% of computer towers… the tower may be more efficient and more durable, we can’t put her on her lap to watch a movie from her couch.” Inevitably, it seduces less.
As a result, sometimes the parts are just sorted, cleaned, repaired, stored.

“But this makes a little more sense every day,” he continues.

“In a few years, certain elements will be missing and it will be difficult to reconstruct a complete computer. We will be very happy to have saved key parts.”

Indeed, we know that to access the metals needed for computer equipment in France, four billion tons of earth must be extracted each year. For example, indium – used massively in LCD screens, in particular – could experience supply problems from 2030-2035. Something to look at your motherboard a little differently.

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In this workshop, we give a second life to telephones and computers

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