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Posted by: harrisandyou | September 2, 2013

Repair Cafe

I was just on TheStoryOfStuff.org and it linked to a story about the Repair Cafe.  The Repair Cafe is in the Netherlands.  Instead of throwing out items that are broken people take their items to be repaired at the Repair Cafe.  It is run by volunteers, neighbors, retired people and people that need something to do.

Instead of items going to the landfill they are repaired and taken back home to be used again.  It’s a great way to bring the community together while teaching that you can save the land and the environment by not throwing things away that can be fixed.

I would like to see this spread to the whole world.  This could help society not be the “throw away society” and the society could instead be the one that helps saves the earth from all the appliances that end up in the landfills.  Great idea!

During the Depression people had to make do with what they had.  They learned to repair things.  Now when something breaks down we throw it away to buy a new one.  We have created our own land of junk, a society of people that cannot wait or learn how to repair what they have, we want to throw it away and buy a new one.  The new one will have more bells and whistles so that makes it more appealing to buy the new one and throw the old away.  Advertising, commercialism has us thinking this way and some parts are hard to find for older items.  So why try to fix it?  Why? because we are running out of land, we are creating toxins in the land, air and water.  Let’s fix it by repairing and keeping what we have.

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