If you’ve ever created an event or entered repair data on Restarters, you’ll know that one of the most powerful features of the Restarters platform is estimating the environmental benefits of each repair event and community repair group.
We’re working on an exciting update that will improve these estimates. These are big changes that will affect how your environmental impact is calculated. So, this will be quite a long post outlining exactly what’s changing.
Here’s the short version: we’re using new environmental data we’ve sourced and adding support for more types of item to greatly improve the accuracy of the environmental stats generated for your group and events . And for the first time, we will also add support for unpowered items, such as clothes .
It’s important to know that because of the way the software works, these changes will also affect your existing impact stats (if you have added repair data to any of your events). But for nearly 90% of groups with repair data, your overall CO2e savings are actually set to increase .
We plan to release this update in October. But in the meantime, keep reading for a more detailed overview of what’s changing and why…
click here for a short summary of the posts below
- New environmental data - we now have much better data about the carbon footprint of common household products. This will improve the accuracy of our calculations and let us add estimates for unpowered items.
- Impact stats for miscellaneous items - the way we currently calculate these means your impact stats may change over time, even if you don’t add or remove data. This update will prevent this kind of ‘drift’.
- New product categories & recategorisation - we’re adding environmental calculations for 10 product categories, 7 of which are completely new (e.g. sewing machine). We’re also planning to reclassify items that are currently ‘miscellaneous’ into the new categories where appropriate.