• #circularelectronics
  • #open-source

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
  • お気に入りの瓶を大切にできるで賞





Judge’s Comments

Aining Ouyang

REnato lab COO

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.


廣末 幸子 / Sachiko Hirosue

株式会社大阪鉛錫精錬所 代表取締役社長

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 it were more elaborated.

About health: Avoiding health issues by using glass containers: chemical leaching from food touching plastics.

About the Plastic Mix: The product designers make the problem of the "color" of recycled plastic waste into a design element, breaking the mold of how the "problem" of recycling mixed color plastics, and resolving it in a playful way. White is usually preferred, and sorting by color is an additional step in the recycling process. If not white, most recycled plastic uses dye to become gray or black.

About Attribution: Finally, it would be nice to acknowledge the multi-headed, multi-purpose metal mixers found in many Indian (and perhaps other?) kitchens.


リデュース(削減)、リユース(再利用)、リサイクル: 家中のどんなサイズの瓶にも対応するというアイデアは、使用済みの瓶をふたたびキッチンに戻して再利用する機会を提供します。再利用がリサイクルよりも優れているのはどのような場合なのでしょうか?材料のリサイクルに必要なエネルギーは、消費者には必ずしも明らかにされず、リサイクルの肯定的な側面ばかりが宣伝される公の議論にはあまり出てこない話題です。

分散型: 製品の製造から適応や修理までのオープンでローカルなプロセスを構築することで、誰がその製品を作っているのかを知ることができ、捨てることが難しくなります。それは、モノと人との関わり方の文化的な転換(おそらく過去に遡る方向での)です。このミキサーが地元で(ヨーロッパ以外でも)生産されるようになったら、素晴らしいと思いませんか?そのとき修理を担当するのは?コミュニティ的な側面があれば、製品のポップでファンキーな個性が増すでしょう。このプロジェクトはいずれ真の分散型ネットワークで、オープンソースになるのでしょうか?ビジネスモデルはもっと詳しく説明されるといいと思います。

健康: ガラス容器を使うことで、プラスチックに触れた食品からの化学物質の溶出という健康問題を回避しています。


成瀬 友梨 / Yuri Naruse

建築家 / 成瀬・猪熊建築設計事務所 共同主宰




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