The ERSCP conference in Greece is one of the most remarkable conferences worldwide, which focuses on environmental key issues like sustainable consumption and production. The conference supports the exchange of thoughts, knowledge and experiences within the community (www.erscp2017.eu) and has over the years established a worldwide dialogue between researchers from different countries and disciplines. Scientists from all over the world share their research and practices about consumption and production and discuss new possibilities and solutions in thematic workshops during the conference. Main themes of the conference are for instance Circular Economy, Zero waste management, Advances in Sustainable Consumption & Lifestyles, Sustainability in Production & Design and Eco-Efficiency, Sustainable/Smart Cities.
This year, the project Make-IT submitted a paper about “The Environmental Value of the Maker Movement” (Unterfrauner et al., 2017), which presents the environmental-related results from the project’s cross-case analysis in 2017. For this analysis the self-reporting sheets from ten maker initiatives (Maker spaces/initiatives) along with 39 interviews (managers/makers) were analysed within the framework of a qualitative approach. The results were clustered in five topics, namely “Repairing, Recycling and Upcycling”, “Environmental friendly materials”, “The environmental friendly production process”, “The impact of local production and supply chains” and the “Awareness on environmental issues among the Maker community”. Although the Maker Movement is growing constantly, its activities and efforts to produce sustainable and environmental valuable products are still unknown and were also a new topic for the conference attendees and organisers. Some examples like the Wadi-tool for water purification (https://www.trendingtopics.at/wadi-who/) or the energy-harvesting flower-pot, which could be constructed by everyone with the help of an online-instruction (https://www.greenoptimistic.com/make-solar-power-flower-pot/#.WdKUSkz5xmA ) should illustrate the makers’ efforts to produce environmental valuable products and consider environmental sensitive consumption.
However, since the venue of the conference was on the wonderful Greece island Skiathos, there was also time to enjoy the nature’s beauty on the beach and celebrate it with wonderful people, who travelled across the world to present their current research results at the conference.
Thanks to Lizette (Netherlands/Sweden), Ilke (Turkey/Greece), Jing (China/Europe), Maaike (Netherlands), Shavini (Sri Lanka/Australia), Myrthe (Netherlands) and Claudia (Colombia/Sweden) for the inspiring discussions and fruitful exchange