Get your junk fixed at the RepairFair!

Join your neighbors for a chance to get that broken lamp (or whatever) fixed at RepairFair at Cedar Mill Library on Cornell Road on Saturday, February 2nd from 1 until 4 PM.

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To help RepairFair folks know what kinds of repairs are in demand, tell the RepairFair team more about what you need help with. RepairFair’s goal is to create an enjoyable event and assist as many people as possible. Please keep in mind that they reserve the right to turn away any repair, and will not attempt repairs that would obviously take longer than 30 minutes. We look forward to seeing you at the Fair!

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Repair Culture & Sustainability

Have you heard of “repair culture”? People interested in community, sustainability, or just plain thriftiness are coming together around the world to share skills and keep things out of landfills.   The first repair “café” was started in 2009 by Dutch journalist Martine Postma. Locally, repair events have been happening since 2013, and since 2015 in Washington County.

For a bit about why this concept is so relevant for communities around the world, here’s quote from

We throw away vast amounts of stuff. Even things with almost nothing wrong, and which could get a new lease on life after a simple repair. The trouble is, lots of people have forgotten that they can repair things themselves or they no longer know how. Knowing how to make repairs is a skill quickly lost. Society doesn’t always show much appreciation for the people who still have this practical knowledge, and against their will they are often left standing on the sidelines. Their experience is never used, or hardly ever.

The Repair Café changes all that! People who might otherwise be sidelined are getting involved again. Valuable practical knowledge is getting passed on. Things are being used for longer and don’t have to be thrown away. This reduces the volume of raw materials and energy needed to make new products. It cuts CO2 emissions, for example, because manufacturing new products and recycling old ones causes CO2 to be released.

The Repair Café teaches people to see their possessions in a new light. And, once again, to appreciate their value. The Repair Café helps change people’s mindset. This is essential to kindle people’s enthusiasm for a sustainable society.

But most of all, the Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is. Why don’t you give it a go?