Fix it

Don't replace it - repair it!

Culture changes fast. Not long ago there was an avid repair industry, and a strong mentality of make do and mend. But now, we live in a truly throw-away society. We all want the latest gadgets, the newest fashion, the shiniest home trinkets. It's putting a strain on our planet, not to mention our wallets.

Let's change that.

Next time something in your flat or house is on the blink why not see if you can fix it instead? You don't have to have the DIY or technical skills of a modern Isambard Kingdom Brunel to give it a go either.

Why

Here are a few reasons to take action.

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Climate Change

Extracting resources and manufacturing new gadgets is using more and more carbon. Take the iPhone 6 as an example: 85% of its entire lifecycle's carbon footprint is from manufacturing it, not using it.1

Importing our new gadgets across the sea uses a large amount of fossil fuels too. Shipping to the UK accounts for around 3% of all the carbon emissions we generate.

Money

This one's a no-brainer. Making things last longer saves you money from buying new things.

But we won't kid you: this isn't always the case. Most things, especially techie gadgets, are no longer designed to be repaired, and the repair industry has become small and expensive. So when buying things, look for those designed with a cradle-to-cradle model, and learn to fix things yourself.

Environment

Man moves more of the earth's rocks and sediments around than any other beast or being. We're changing the shape of our planet, significantly.

Modern gadgets like smartphones require a range of different metals and rare earths which are found across the world. These are often mined in parts of the developing world where labour and environmental standards are much lower than ours. Their extraction has been implicated in human rights violations as well as environmental degradation across the world from Chile to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sorry to be a bit gloomy.

Satisfaction

On the bright side, the satisfaction of fixing things shouldn't be underestimated. Try repairing instead of replacing and bask in the glory of making your purchases last longer than anyone else's.

Global Goals

In September 2017, a historic agreement was signed by UN member nations agreeing to work towards 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030, otherwise known as the SDGs.

Achieving these ambitious goals will require action from governments, businesses, NGOs, and individuals alike. We can - and must - all play our part.

By making the 'Fix it' pledge, you are contributing to the following SDG targets:

12.2: By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources

12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse

12.8: By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature

13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

How

Here are some of our favourite fixers:
  • Clothes: There are lots of places to get help on bringing new life to your old clothes.Make It And Mend It is a great online trove of tips. 
    If you'd rather hands-on support, then check out workshops run by Stitched Up in Manchester; Thrifty Couture in London: or Make Do And Mend in Chelmsford
  • General bits and bobs: We're massive fans of Sugru, a play-doh like rubber that sets hard and can be used to fix anything from sauce-pan lids to iPhone cables to ski boots. Fixperts also have lots of great guides and videos to help you along.
  • Electronics: iFixIt is a great site crammed with repair guides for all things tech, from toasters to PCs to trucks. If hands on training and support is what you're after, The Restart Project has you covered, running workshops on electrical repairs.

Success Stories

384

Pledges
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33,096kg

CO2
pledged

It took me until the final reminder email to pull my finger out and do it, but do it I did. Now I have another yellow garment to bring back into the collection!

We ran the Fix it Fair so I count that as a big plus, but I didn't get those heels fixed. They're not going anywhere though. They will be fixed!

With the help of my son fixed an iPhone so that I did not have to buy a new phone. Also repaired a futon so that it is now back in use. More than just bits and bobs!

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