urban mining

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. It is an alternative to "conventional" waste disposal that can save material and help lower greenhouse gas emissions (compared to plastic production for example). Recycling can prevent the waste of potentially useful materials and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, thereby reducing: energy usage, air pollution (from incineration), and water pollution (from landfilling).

 

Event
As big corporations create new models of smartphones each year, many capable yet less desirable retired smartphones pile up. In this workshop we will work in small groups to think together on how to phonvert in various social contexts.

 

Project
Amsterdam can be seen as an urban mine. In a circular economy, under conditions, the metals of Amsterdam can be mined. Waag made a geological map of the built environment of Amsterdam.

 

Article
On the new website of PUMA (Prospecting Urban Mines of Amsterdam) you’ll find the first prospecting map of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) as a mining area for steel and copper. Houses contain as much steel and copper to be able to see them as source of materials on the long-term.

 

Article
Fairtrade certified gold is now part of the Fairphone 2 supply chain. Fairphone 2 owners are supporting Fairtrade gold miners and their communities in Peru.

 

Article
The live tv programme Zapplive on 7 November at 17.15 hrs featured another DIY-tech item. This time, Lukie & Fairphone dissected old mobiles with the kids.

 

Article
Our project developer Karien Vermeulen talks to the Dutch Education magazine about our experience with creating GPS routes and urban mining in the classroom.

 

Project
Waag together with FairPhone organized workshops on commission base for education, organisations or companies. In an urban mining workshop, participants will find out what our mobile phones are made of and what resources they contain.

 

Article
On 18 November the Dutch television organisation KRO broadcasted a report about tin mining.

 

Event
The Discovery Festival is a night out with content: exciting science experiments, music, art and inspiring new ideas. It's all about the thrill of discovering new things. During the night you can join our Urban Mining workshops, which are part of our project FairPhone.

 

Event
Dit jaar zal Waag weer aanwezig zijn op het Llowlab tijdens het Lowlands Festival. Op dit eiland kunnen feestgangers kennismaken met wetenschap, duurzaamheid en innovatie. In samenwerking met de TU Delft zet FairPhone speciaal voor het festival een unieke productielijn op, waarmee jouw lege bioplastic bekertjes om worden gesmolten tot draad. Met een 3D printer maken wij hier vervolgens 'sleeves' voor op je mobiele telefoon van.

 

Project

8-03-2012

FairPhone

A phone which combines beauty, innovation en user friendliness and which respects human rights.