We have recently had the pleasure of being involved with an organisation called Substation 33.
These people are creating real world solutions by making useful products from materials that would otherwise go to land fill. At the same time they are providing support for members of the community who are trying to find sustainable employment. They achieve this mainly by providing training and employment opportunities via the recycling of electronic waste.
Substation33 is a Youth and Family Services social enterprise based in the Brisbane suburb of Kingston. They operate an innovation lab that has developed several products.
Products such as these flooded road warning signs which actively monitor water levels and provide feed back to the relevant organisations. Made almost entirely from pre-loved electronic components.
These electric bikes are built from a combination of 3D printed components and reclaimed batteries from old laptop computers. This system can be used to convert any bike into an E-bike for a fraction of the cost of a conventional one.
They even make 3D printers using parts, such as stepper motors from old paper printers. This project is mainly for educational and training purposes.
Substation33’s team of innovative developers have committed to developing a locker-style charging station for supply to homelessness hubs. The stations allow multiple users to leave their phone to charge while they undertake other activities such as see a support worker, have a health check or do their laundry.