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
Today it is clear that you cannot put both hands on the keyboard without questioning yourself a bit. 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 of value. This is how regulars arrive every day, their computers under their arms. We open, we listen, we decode… The expert from the Grass 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, encourage thinking. We do it together, whatever the activity”hits one of the masters of the place, Philip Shamla.
Selling, lending, renting, gifting
Refurbished equipment for sale. But not only. “Sometimes we rent, sometimes we donate. There are self-employed people who need equipment but don’t have the budget: we help them. This is also the case for some families who have difficulties.”
Philip Shamla details: “What we renovate doesn’t have to be a huge hit for sale since in 18.5 tons of waste, we have 60% of computer towers… the tower might be more efficient and more durable, and we can’t put it on her lap to watch a movie from her couch.” Inevitably, it seduces less.
As a result, parts are sometimes sorted, cleaned, repaired and stored.
“But it makes more sense every day,” keep going.
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 – which is used extensively in LCD monitors in particular – could have supply problems from 2030 to 2035. It’s something to look at the motherboard a little differently.
Teddy make children
“We did not specifically promote Tedee’s business. We should have hired, for example. But we maintain it. It is necessary, inspiring and promising. Other networks have been launched, in France. And above all, we have developed, around it, here, a whole ecosystem “, Philip Shamla reveals. Before proceeding: “We are in third place.”
Third place, koisaku? A 9,500 square meter multi-purpose space, it is a collection of indoor and outdoor tech platforms where we innovate, analyze, where we train, and 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’re past the simple workshop of refurbishing computers.
“Tedee is now one of the activities included in the third part of the popular digital education”Philip Shamla explains. Before confirmation: “We are an exclusive company in the Southeast.” Particularly because this first pioneering act of solidarity has drained 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’ve created an eight-week cycle of discovering digital careers, during which we erase everything away.” From community management to web development, including computer maintenance or web design.
“We are an add-on and we simply hope to have the flair, good intuition by developing it in this way. Tedee pioneered five years ago, when we see what it has become today, we tell ourselves that there is no reason. Hence the SSE is for it : to experience.