Early in 2020 I started vigorously studying the circular economy paradigm. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has been developing and promoting this concept for nearly a decade. Circular economy is a socioeconomic system based on nature. It challenges the existing linear “take, make, waste” industrial model. From a business perspective the product and associated processes must produce economic value and result in no harm to the environment. In simple terms every product and its components should be designed for re-use in whole or in part. The elements that cannot be reused need to be gracefully returned into the ecosystem through purposeful recycling.  

The foundation's work is building on the shoulders of giants who have been pioneering the research and advancement of core principles since the 1970s. Professionally I see general purpose blockchains, such as Ethereum, being key to scaling the circular economy. But at home it boils down to reusing existing "stuff" to build new "stuff" and extending the life of things.

The LÄTT

In anticipation of remote schooling from home I needed a new desk for my child. The LÄTT needed an upgrade. Shopping in person is out of question. In the United States COVID-19 is as dangerous as the graphite fallout from the Chornobyl power plant (notice the correct spelling). Buying online is a always a backup option. But what about building one without leaving the house?

The old Ikea desk now has a peg instead of four x2 legs

Over the years I accumulated various desks and furniture items that were a good fit in flats and apartments, but no longer fit as kids take over the living quarters. Why not repurpose the Ikea furniture? As a side note: Ikea is planning to become fully circular by 2030 and it's starting with furniture rental and buybacks.

I took an extension from my old Galant desk, the legs from FINNVARD, and the wall attachment from KALLAX. The silver metal tubes are from a shelving unit. Putting this together resulted in a desk that fits perfectly in the small space. This approach decluttered the space and gave new life to otherwise defunct objects.  

While looking up the names of the desks for this blog post I noticed that the FINNVARD desk also had raisers that go into the legs.

The FINNVARD desk system

Turns out I re-purposed those a few years ago. At first as a shelving unit for large rolls of paper. And now as a shelf and a light holder.

Proudly done.

The end product.