Here's a great idea for waste diversion: repair cafes, where
people bring things that need fixing to volunteers who like to fix
things, and to teach others how to fix them too. This is the
concept of the fast growing Dutch
"What do you do with a chair, one leg is loose? With a
toaster that does not work anymore? With a wool sweater where moth
holes in it? Discard? No way!
Fix them in the Repair Cafe
Repair shops are freely accessible meetings that revolve around
(together) repair. At the location where the Repair Café is
held tools and materials is available to all possible repairs. On
clothing, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, toys etc.
Also repair experts are available, such as electricians,
seamstresses, carpenters and bicycle."
According to the
New York Times, there are now more than 30 Repair Cafes across
the Netherlands, including a Repair Cafe bus.
Repair Cafes are based on a
Repair Manifesto, which "opposes throwaway culture and
celebrates repair as the new recycling....
In the hope of spurring a reappraisal of repair, Platform21
wrote and published a manifesto describing the benefits of fixing
things and calling upon designers and consumers to break the chain
of throwaway thinking.
Throwaway thinking, a culture in itself almost, is designed to
cater to short term needs of both industry, politics and society.
But by being very successful at short term effects it has lost
track of the innumerable and rich possibilities that lie ahead if
durable notions of design in general, and repair especially, are
reconsidered and implemented."
visit any of the Window Bus, with tools and repair experts on
the possibility of a website to keep up.
All services of the Foundation Repair Cafe are free"
Evergreen has a somewhat similar concept at the Brickworks'
Bikeworks, where people can learn from volunteers how to fix
their own bicycles, using a full set of professional tools and
donated parts. This is an idea that should definitely spread.
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