What is a Repair Cafe?
Repair Café Winchester is a neighborhood initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out.
Our first Repair Café will be Saturday Sept 25 from 9:30 am -12:30 pm. Residents of Winchester can bring their broken items to fix them on the spot with the help of voluntary repairers. All at no cost!
We are aiming to organize a Repair Café 2-3 times a year.
Repair Café Winchester is looking for local residents with different skills to volunteer to help make repairs.
Join us, it’s fun!
The idea behind Repair Café
Western society revolves round consumption. We increasingly buy more things and throw away more than ever. As soon as these items show the slightest defects – such as a stool with a wobbly leg, a woolen sweater with a hole in the elbow – we throw them away and buy a new product.
Very few people even think about the possibility of repairing the old product. And most people no longer know how to repair things.
People still in possession of this practical knowhow (such as craftspeople, the elderly and non-skilled workers) are often not adequately appreciated by society and even find themselves standing on the sidelines against their will.
Their know-how is never used, or hardly ever. Yet it is these people who could greatly contribute towards making our society more sustainable.
By using them as supervisors during repair meetings, people who might otherwise be sidelined are involved again. Valuable practical knowledge is passed on. The volume of raw materials and energy needed to make new products is reduced.
Furthermore, repairing instead of throwing away helps to cut CO₂ emissions; manufacturing new products and recycling old ones causes CO₂ to be released.
Repair Café teaches people to see their possessions in a new light. And, once again, to appreciate their value.
Repair Café helps change people’s mindset. This is essential to kindle their enthusiasm for a sustainable society.
But above all, Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is.
Toss it? No way!
Repair is a sustainable alternative to throwing things out.