Why we’re organizing a hardware flea market and what you can expect from it. Interview with Dr. Dieter Müller.
On September 8, the Technology Foundation will host a hardware flea market in and around CityLAB. Where did this idea come from?
Upcycling is generally a trend right now: clothing, packaging... and there is hardly an area for which upcycling makes more sense than with electrical appliances. There have already been initiatives like this in the past, and we want to continue these efforts.
Electrical appliances are rarely completely broken when they end up in the garbage. The engine still works, the laser is still intact.... Everybody knows that, and most people have a guilty conscience when old devices simply end up in the garbage. And rightly so: the stories about how our old devices are dismantled in Africa or Asia under very questionable circumstances are unfortunately true. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
It’s better to disassemble the devices in Berlin and recycle the parts that are still intact! This makes sense in every respect: it’s sustainable, fun, and most of the time you learn something while disassembling and recycling. It’s no coincidence that to “grasp” something is a synonym for understanding it.
With the flea market, we offer anyone who is interested a great opportunity to act sustainably, have fun, and learn something at the same time.