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The goal is to max the seamless usage of outdated devices with people who dont need, want or cant afford most recent technology. Millions of such cells rest in our drawers. We need to get them out of there to reduce the unnecessary need for new ones.

The goal is to max the seamless usage of outdated devices with people who dont need, want or cant afford most recent technology. Millions of such cells rest in our drawers. We need to get them out of there to reduce the unnecessary need for new ones.

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Thanks Paul, again interesting thoughts – and I mostly agree with what you say. I think an important insight here could be the awareness of two different, although coincident, residual values: an individual one and a social/environmental one. It seems to me that many of us lose sight of the latter or even confuse the individual value ('individual' including friends and family here) with the overall residual value.

So I think this distinction, and/or circumstance, should definitely be something worth addressing in a potential awareness campaign. While I agree that some residual value will ultimately have to "come" (or be derived from) the initial purchase price on the level of economic incentive, I do think that residual value can also come from, or does exist, in other areas as well: precisely because individual and social/environmental value, although somewhat correlated, are not always necessarily identical.

The challenge is, I think, to make people see those hidden values, and act upon them of course. Especially when they have already decided to replace a device, then "donating" the social/environmental residual value doesn't even cost them anything really.

Oh wow, I just came back from a vacation – excited to have made it to the Top 20 shortlist! I think the feedback must have gotten mixed up though - apparently the comment is responding to DFA UIUC's "E-Cycle Truck" concept, isn't it?
Anyway, no big deal, of course! :) I hope I'll get around to make some progress here in time. Have a lot to catch up with, but this is super exciting. Thanks a lot for now! Hannes

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Hannes commented on Recy-COOL-ability (Update 1)

Haha, thanks. I definitely enjoy playing around with words. I tend to exaggerate it sometimes, though... And it's always a little bit of a lottery when trying to do it in a foreign language of course. Quite impossible to know and feel all the possible connotations of a word then. (So feel free to ignore any of my suggestions if they just don't make any sense in English! May well happen occasionally...)