Have you ever stopped to wonder what’s required to create our everyday products? How are they held together? Which components do they need and why? Think of this activity as a hands-on entry into analysing material flows and understanding the wider system conditions needed to make each product.
Get together with a few friends or colleagues and find a product that you don’t mind destroying – a piece of technology you don’t use anymore, a hairdryer, mobile phone, etc.
Take the product apart using screwdrivers or pliers and organise all its components by size or material type. You can use the Disassembly Worksheet to help with this.
Once you have everything laid out, ask:
Now that you have disassembled the product, discuss what you will do with these components and parts. Can you figure out a more circular solution than just throwing them away?
Bonus: Post a photo and tag #InsidesOut to share what you’ve disassembled.
Here’s a video that shows how to run your own Teardown Lab: