Repair or generate waste

July 12th, 2019

Unfortunately, many companies have managed to create new products that are impossible (very, very difficult/(special tools)) to repair. We need another approach in order to save more resources.

Fine initiative

June 27th, 2019

One of the universities in Denmark has recently held a conference on use and throw away – we need to think differently if the resources should last longer – read on:

Christmas – tealights

January 23rd, 2011

During christmas we used tealights. It was a brand we have used previously. Much to our surprise the tealights were lousy. They could hardly burn and as you can see from these pictures they left a lot of unused stearin.



Needless to say – but this was the last time we used this brand.

The Toothpaste Tube

June 11th, 2010

We waste some grammes of toothpaste everytime we trash a tube. I made a little test:

I emptied a tube of toothpaste:


Then I took a sciccors and cut the tube open:


As you can see still a lot of toothpaste left.

I took my kitchen scale and here are the results:

Emptied as much as possible

Weight : 13 g

Weight after the tube was rinsed: 8 g

Difference: 5 g

Corresponding to 4 % wasted toothpaste

Weight of full tube: 121 g

Weight of rinsed tube: 8g

Weight of toothpase: 113 g

The more effort is put in emptying the toothpase tube the less waste. The example is generic and can be deduced to any tube we use. By thinking of it, we will reduce the load on our dumping grounds and the ressources used to produce the product.

As mentioned earlier the amount of waste from the tube is your responibility. If the tube is designed in a way that causes excess waste then perhaps you ought to find an alternative. Please post your examples.


June 4th, 2010

Recently I trashed my shaver. It had served me for several years and the reason for trashing it was the rechargeable batteries was leaking.

The reason for this post is another – the cord. After a few years I was unable to get any power to the shaver. The reason was the plug for the shaver. The box I kept the shaver in made a sharp bend on the cord right above the plug. This caused the wire to break.

I had another cord from an older shaver and from that time I no longer kept the cord in the box. The shaver served me for many years after that.

Wastegeneration: 1 meter of copper and plastic.

What is it about

June 4th, 2010

We buy products every day. We consumes a lot. And we produce a lot of waste. Often more than necessary. It is our responsibily to reduce our waste as much as possible. So whenever you have a product in your hands it may be a good idea to think of weaknesses in the product. What do you need to do for the product to last for as long as possible?

Hello world!

June 3rd, 2010

Welcome to Wastegeneration. This is my first post.

It all depends on you. If you buy something or you dump something its up to you. You are the one responsible for any wastegeneration. Buy a product which signals bad quality and for sure you will very soon need a replacement – and the old one ends up as waste.

The focus in this blog will be on how we can reduce the waste – and take on the responsibility.