Can that thing be fixed?

November 11, 2014

Host a repair café in your neighbourhood

Many things that end up in a landfill these days would have been fixed in an earlier era of greater resourcefulness. Unfortunately, in today’s society, the default seems to be forget about repairing; just throw it out and get a new one.

But a new trend is pushing back: Repair Cafés, where volunteers who can fix stuff hold an open house and invite their neighbours to bring in broken household items. They’ll then repair them for free, teaching repair skills in the process. It’s win, win, win: a community building exercise that helps people save money and keeps stuff out of the landfill.

Repair Cafés originated in Holland in 2007, and there are now hundreds of them in 15 countries, including a dozen in Canada. Why not start one in your neighbourhood? You can get everything you need at, plus some additional tips here.

Thanks to David Suzuki’s Queen of Green, Lindsay Coulter, for sharing this tip.


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