Worthy is my final project in Royal College of Art and it focus on the problem of e-waste. Electrical waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world and small electrical equipments create the biggest part of it. My aim was to explore the topic of how the longevity of the products could be improved by creating a better understanding on how products work and how they can be repaired. I designed a family of rechargeable products including an electric toothbrush, a shaver and a hair trimmer.
During user research I gained an insight that consumers don’t really know how their products work, which is one of the reasons why broken products aren’t repaired. In my project I decided to focus on small rechargeable products that could use same kind of components. Rechargeable products usually have issues with their battery life. The life of the product could be easily lengthened just by adding a possibility to change the battery, that is usually fixed to the object.
In my outcome I focus on helping consumers understand their products more through storytelling by allowing them to assemble products themselves. This creates a fun opportunity for them to learn about the components so that in the future repairing is seen as an easy thing to do.