Club de Reparadores (Repairers’ Club)
Members of the Club de Reparadores meet on Saturday afternoons in parks, plazas, or donated workshops to have fun, share knowledge, and repair broken household goods. Some members are repair experts; others just have goods that need fixing — but all share in the determination to keep landfills from filling and corporations from forcing us to put perfectly good products to waste. Though initially the club only met in Buenos Aires, today the Club de Reparadores has chapters in cities all over Argentina. For more information, follow Club de Reparadores on Facebook or Instagram or read United Against Programmed Obsolescence.
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The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre
From their two shop locations in the suburbs of Sydney, The Bower works to reduce landfill waste by fixing and reselling furniture, electronics and more. In addition, they offer ‘Tricks of the Trade’ workshops in basic carpentry, furniture repair, furniture painting and upholstery, and host Repair Cafes, with technicians on hand to help fix everything from “dodgy small electrical items” and “rickety tables and chairs” to “wobbly bicycles” — all for free! Repair cafes have proven so popular they have now gone on the road, offering services to residents in all parts of Sydney. To learn more, and view the Repair Cafe schedule, visit the Bower’s website.
With funding from Zero Waste Scotland, the Edinburgh Remakery works to create jobs, reduce waste, and limit people’s dependence on the consumer economy. They do so by fixing textiles, computers, mobile phones and furniture at low cost; by offering courses where people can learn to fix things themselves; and by cheaply selling and sometimes donating refurbished computers, furniture and more. They’re currently trying to create more Remakeries throughout the UK. To learn more, visit the Remakery’s website.
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Kyle Weins founded online repair community iFixit as part of his work to campaign against “programmed obsolescence.” In a time when companies like Toshiba sue users for sharing manuals, and companies like Apple make it imperative to buy a whole new iPad just because a battery dies, iFixit’s mission — making thousands of product manuals and instruction videos available online, and providing translations, tools and tech support — becomes a surprisingly radical project. In addition, Weins is currently pushing for “Right to Repair” legislation in seven states. His motto: “If you can’t fix it, you don’t really own it.” To learn more, visit iFixit or read Can pop-up ‘repair cafes’ save broken gadgets and solve growing waste levels?
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