It was great to read about the ‘Rent a Christmas Tree’ on BBC Spotlight this week. The owners of Puddle Farm, in our bordering county of Cornwall, are offering local residents the chance to rent a Christmas tree before returning it to be replanted at the end of the Christmas season.
Interestingly, owner Melanie Broomhead suggested that; "Some people I think, have actually named their tree and it is great when people ask can we have that specific tree back again."
It was this comment that resonated with us….
When considering product design, this principle of having something “for life” could easily be adopted as a driving factor in intelligent consumerism. All of us in the supply chain from product designers to manufacturers and ultimately the consumer could embrace a different approach, just like Puddle Farm.
Should we all be mindful of the end of use of the products we use? If manufacturers kept a stock of spare parts and were willing to give plenty of advice, it would support consumers right to repair and discourage a throw away mindset.
In this way we could tackle serious environmental concerns to our world and reduce mounting e-waste, and positively affect climate change for the better. At this time of year as we eagerly await gifts and ready our old stuff to go out for the bin men, are we really being a part of the solution or are we being a part of a problem?
If you've got an idea for a great new product and want to consider how it can be designed with the right to repair in mind, we will assist you through your journey. Even the most accomplished will require assistance which is where our expertise is invaluable. We work closely with all our clients to ensure they have all the support they need.