Looking for tomorrow. In this workshop, we give a second life to phones and computers

Every day many people pass through the digital space of the cooperative (Scic) Tetris in Grasse. We do internet research, work on a profile, and build a resume. But that’s not all: here, thanks to the Tedee network, we repair and refurbish computers and mobile phones.

The goal is to extend the life of electrical and electronic equipment and to avoid throwing away things that are still working. Five years ago, when the activity started, 20 tons of waste was avoided. Where are we today

Better consume

Today it is clear that you cannot put both hands on the keyboard without minimal questioning of yourself. Learning how to consume better, according to your needs and incorporating the need to extend the life of your appliances as much as possible, that’s really Tedee’s message.

This year again, their work saved about 18.5 tons of electrical and electronic waste.

You should know that, worldwide, only 17.4% of WEEE is collected and recycled. This means whether the approach is valuable.

This is how regulars arrive every day, their computers under their arms. We open, we listen, we decode… The expert from the Grasse network works directly with the person. You are learning to manage little hiccups on your own.

Teddy does in the collective, not in the profitable monopoly. “We try to find the right balance. To give information, to encourage thinking. We do it together, whatever the activity,” breathes one of the venue’s masters, Philip Shimla.

Selling, lending, renting, gifting

Refurbished equipment for sale. But not only. “Sometimes we rent, sometimes we give. There are car entrepreneurs who need equipment but don’t have the budget: we help them. This is also the case for some families who have difficulties.”

Philip Shimla explains: “What we’re renovating doesn’t have to be a huge hit for sale as in 18.5 tons of waste, we have 60% of computer towers…the tower might be more efficient and more durable, you can’t put it on your lap to watch a movie from the couch. Inevitably, it seduces less.

As a result, parts are sometimes sorted, cleaned, repaired and stored. “But it makes more sense every day,” he continues. In a few years, some elements will be lost and it will be difficult to rebuild a complete PC. We will be glad that we have supplied the main parts. »

In fact, we know that to reach the minerals needed for computers in France, four billion tons of land must be extracted each year. For example, indium – used extensively in LCD monitors in particular – can have supply problems from 2030 to 2035. It’s something to look at the motherboard a little differently.

Teddy make children

“We haven’t particularly promoted Tedee. We should have hired, for example. But we keep it. It’s essential, inspiring and vector. Other networks took off in France. Above all, we’ve developed around it, and here, a whole ecosystem,” reveals Philippe Shimla. Before continuing: “We are now in third place.

Third place, koisaku? It’s a 9,500 square meter manifold, which is a collection of indoor and outdoor technical platforms where we create, where we analyze, where we train, where we learn. People from all walks of life use their skills. Share strong values.

This group, which must serve the general policy of the cohesion of the territory, is welcomed and then supported by the communities (Pays de Grasse, region) as by the state. We are beyond the simple workshop of refurbishing computers.

“Tedee is now one of the activities included in the third part of the popular digital education,” Philip Shimla explains. Before affirming: “We are an exclusive company in the Southeast. Especially because this first pioneering solidarity action attracted others. Like a bicycle repair, always with the owner of the machine, to allow him to be independent. But not only.

From retooling workshop to comprehensive training

In fact, it was the winning team in a comprehensive learning experience titled “Digital Territory Factory” in 2020. The goal is to support people, from the age of 16, regardless of their profile, in their choice of the future, around digital. “We have created an eight-week Digital Career Discovery Course, during which we scan everything away. From community management to web development, including computer maintenance and web design.

“We are an add on and we simply hope we have good taste and intuition by developing it this way. Teddy was a pioneer five years ago, when you see what he has become today, you tell yourself there is no reason. And then SSE is for it : to experiment. »

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