For Paul Anca, repair has always seemed like the obvious and only option. He grew up in Romania in the 1990’s and fondly remembers his grandfather’s workshop – a sort of hospital for saving inanimate objects, from cars to toasters. Fast forward a few decades and Anca is carrying on that mission through his company Open Funk. It aims to change our relationship with hardware for good, to try to stem the fastest growing domestic waste stream in the world: electronic waste. Anca and Open Funk co-founder Ken Rostrand bonded over their broken blenders, which they found impossible to repair. They figured out how to build a blender with a modular design, so when one piece breaks, it is replaceable. The design is open source, meaning that anyone can find the blueprints for how to build one online.

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