repair | reuse

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.

Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table – by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.

There are over 2,200 Repair Cafés worldwide. Visit one in your area or start one yourself! See also the house rules we use at the Repair Café. (source Repair Café). USARepair Cafe USA is a network of independently held Repair Cafes across the United States. The goal of this site is to improve and grow our network of communication among all current – and future– Repair Cafes in the US. 

more on the right to repair

EU European Parliament briefing on Right to repair January 2022

EU The network of the Right to Repair campaign is made of organisations based in several European countries and representing civil society organisations, repair businesses, community repair initiatives and public institutions.

Canadian government Progress on C-272 43rd Parliament, 2nd session September 23, 2020, to August 15, 2021 – An Act to Amend the Copyright Act (diagnosis, maintenance or repair)

Australian government on Right to Repair

New Zealand WasteMINZ (the largest representative body of the waste, resource recovery and contaminated land management sectors in New Zealand) on Right to Repair

France Network of repair shops including references of consumers

Planned obsolescence: Why things don’t last

Video by European Parliament

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