• #circularelectronics
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re:Mix, the circular kitchen mixer for your own glass jars

Open Funk

  • #circularelectronics
  • #open-source


  • Circular, Smart, and Fun Prize
  • Re-mixed Pop-color Plastic Dinner Conversation Design Award
  • Treasure Every Jar Prize





Judge’s Comments

Aining Ouyang

REnato lab Chief Operations Officer

Circular, Smart, and Fun Prize

E-waste is the fastest-growing waste stream in the world, making household electronic products a key focus in terms of the circular economy. While most discussions tend to revolve around large brand manufacturers, initiatives like the re:Mix project explore the potential of every aspect of the product value chain. This includes modular design, material selection, repairs, and even reverse logistics. Additionally, they combine regional production with open-source design, showcasing both creativity and ambition.

Sachiko Hirosue

Osaka Namari-Suzu Seirensho Co., Ltd. President and CEO

Re-mixed Pop-color Plastic Dinner Conversation Design Award

This project definitely has a seat at the dinner table.
It is also a great conversation starter.
The project addresses many questions on how we talk about what is good for the environment and embodies it in a playful functional kitchenware.
For one, consumption: using less, consuming less. Choosing well-made products made to last and to be tendered and fixed - contrasts to the models of limitless economic growth worship. Here, consumption has a ceiling. This reuse of glass jars stops us from consuming more storage containers, the mutli-mixer in-one reduces unidirectional e-waste.
Reduce, Reuse Recycle: The idea of adapting all jars around the house takes used jars back into the kitchen to reuse. When is reuse better than "recycling", by which measurements is it better than direct to landfill? The energy required to recycle the material is not always transparent to consumers, and not often in the public discourse, where only positive aspects of recycling is promoted.
Distributed: By making, adapting, and repairing an open and local process, knowing who makes the product, also makes it harder to throw away. It is a cultural shift (perhaps back in time), of how things and people interact. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if (outside of Europe) this mixer would be produced locally? Who will fix them? A community aspect to it would add to the pop / funky persona of the product. Would this be truly a distributed network and open-source? The business model would be nice if more elaborated.
Health: Avoiding health issues by using glass containers: chemical leaching from food touching plastics.
Plastic Mix: They also make the problem of "color" of recycled plastic waste into a design element, breaking the mold of how the "problem" of recycling mixed color plastics, is resolved in a playful way. (white is preferred, and sorting by color is an additional step in the recycling process. if not white, most recycled plastic uses dye to be turned gray/ black).
Attribution: finally, it would be nice to acknowledge the multi-headed, multi-purpose metal mixers found in many Indian (and perhaps other?) kitchens.

Yuri Naruse

Architect, Founder of NARUSE・INOKUMA ARCHITECTS Co., Ltd.

Treasure Every Jar Prize

Who doesn’t accumulate empty glass jars with the intention of using them someday? And who hasn’t been forced to dispose of a kitchen appliance after it mysteriously breaks down? This is a delightful and inventive project that brilliantly resolves such small daily frustrations. As kitchen appliances add more new functions, they become harder to manage. This food mixer has only the basic functions that we really need, making it less complicated and easier to repair. It’s a very rational concept. As jars come in many different sizes, I was curious to see how versatile it is.


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