Let’s fix it!

WHAT to do with all those broken bits and pieces lying around the house.

The cracked ceramic vase, the wobbly wooden stool, the pot without a handle and those worn-out boots.

Do you throw them away or do they sit at the back of the cupboard?

From September 9, one Sunday a month, the Repair Cafe will be hosting workshops at Stackwood in Fremantle, with volunteer “repairers” fixing household items for free.

Co-organiser Joanna Blackley says they hope to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by encouraging people to do their own repairs.

“We throw away so much, even items which have small defects and could easily be used again after a simple repair and this has serious ongoing consequences for our environment and future generations,” she says.

• Repair Cafe organisers Camilla Sundbladh, Joanna Blackley and Ed Blackley. Photo by Jess Edgar

Global movement

“Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired, or maybe they don’t have the tools or repair skills required.

“If someone repairs a bike, a saucepan handle, or a favourite dress, together with a volunteer repairer, the experience of a jointly made repair can lead to encouraging repair practices and a repair culture, whilst creating new community connections.”

She notes that repairs also save money and resources, and importantly help reduce CO2 emissions.

“But above all, Repair Cafe Fremantle wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it can be,” Ms Blackley says.

The cafe is part of a global movement fostering a repair culture and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

To find out more go to the Repair Cafe Fremantle Facebook page, or email repaircafefremantle@gmail.com

by MOLLY SCHMIDT

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