Solutions to counteract obsolescence
Amélie Côté, Annick Girard et Saad Sebti
Why do the things we buy seem to last for less time than before? Obsolescence can be particularly tied to certain notable shortcomings, whether it be due to a propensity for breakage, a slowing of functioning, or changes in technology. But consumer choice also plays a role, such as with psychological obsolescence.
Repair facilities and cooperative workshops, legal resources, educational websites: many projects are being undertaken to counteract obsolescence in Quebec and throughout the world. This winter, Equiterre will present the results of its first pan-Canadian study on the subject. This panel will unite various players in the challenge to understand the issues and develop concrete actions to take to counteract this phenomenon.
Amélie Côté has worked in the domain of residual materials management for more than a decade. With a bachelors in public administration and a masters in the environment, she has a variety of experience in both environmental organization and public administration Since 2015, she has consulted with businesses and municipalities in ways to optimize their waste management. She is particularly interested in issues related to obsolescence and in disseminating positive stories about the environment.
Annick Girard worked with youth experiencing difficulties before moving into environmental work. Armed with a masters in environmental sciences with a specialization in environmental education, Annick has worked with many organizations (Éco-Quartier, Environnement Jeuness, Katimavik, Oxfam), as well as on an international project in South America. She joined the Équiterre team in 2010 and today pilots various educational and mobilisation projects, primarily related to responsible consumption. Her social and environmental engagement is evident in her daily choices, her volunteer work, and in her professional career.
Passionate about technology and sustainable development, Saad Sebti found a job perfectly aligned with his values when he joined INSERTECH in 2012 as coordinator of marketing and development. The mission of this reintegration nonprofit is to train and prepare unemployed young adults for the job market through repairing computers donated by large enterprises. The recycled computers not only help the youth reintegrate, they also allow the community to access technology in an affordable and eco-responsible manner.