Experts from Landbell Group company, H2 Compliance, have started conducting a series of eco-design workshops for clients. The workshops, which have so far taken place at customers’ premises in Germany and France, aim to raise environmental awareness of the need to design electrical and electronic equipment with end-of-life management in mind.
The workshops cover both theory and practice. During the theoretical session, the specialists from H2 Compliance’s Circular Economy Engineering team share their knowledge of the waste electronics, batteries and packaging regulations, and discuss trends and available recycling technologies. They also address best practices for eco-design.
Not surprisingly, participants are most excited about the practical part of the workshop – when, following the experts’ instructions, they get to dismantle electronic devices down to the last screw. Using hammers, screwdrivers and pliers, the teams disassemble end-of-life products, such as the laptops and personal care products which are manufactured by their companies. They also enthusiastically step into the recycler’s shoes and check if appliances have been designed with environmental aspects in mind. At the end of the dismantling activity, the participants then share their hands-on experience and observations, which will hopefully generate ideas for future design improvements.