Have you got a lamp that won’t light? A toaster that won’t toast? A radio that won’t play?
Don’t throw them away — bring them to the Repair Café. On Saturday, June 17, 1–4 p.m., the community is invited to bring broken items from home to be repaired, free of charge, at the Bryan Center.
The YS Time Exchange, a sub-group of the YS Resilience Network, is sponsoring the Repair Café as a way for villagers to save money and resources — and ultimately, as a way of reducing waste. According to Kat Walter of the Time Exchange and Resilience Network: “We throw away piles of stuff in the United States. Even things that practically have nothing wrong with them, and which could easily be used again after a simple repair. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired. Repair Café wants to change that.”
The Repair Café will be supported by the Repair Café Foundation, which was founded in 2011 by Martine Postma, formerly a Netherlands-based journalist and publicist. Postma, who became interested in creating sustainability on the local level in 2007, hosted the first Repair Café in Amsterdam in 2009.
“I came across [the Repair Café] while reading online about waste reduction in communities,” said Walter. “I decided to go with a tried-and-true model that’s being replicated around the world instead of starting from scratch — for obvious reasons.”
Volunteer repair experts will be on hand at the Repair Café to help fix broken items and provide repair materials; the volunteers will include locals who are members of the Time Exchange. Villagers are invited to bring in…
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