4 Reasons to Repair Instead of Recycling or Replacing

It's time to jump off the consumption train and embrace the art of repair.


 ©. Frannyanne

Mending, darning, patching, painting, rewiring, gluing – we used to be a people of repair, of resourcefulness, of taking pride in our ability to tinker and the longevity of our things. Nowadays? Not so much. We may try to recycle, but that's an imperfect science at best; most of all, we just toss and replace.

So let's make repair sexy. There is definitely a growing repair movement, and there is even legislation in many places working to guarantee the right to repair. The folks at iFixIt created a Repair Manifesto that we shared years ago, but I love it and thought the updated version was worth sharing. In particular, the four highlighted benefits of repair are really pretty undeniable.

1. REPAIR is better than recycling2. REPAIR saves you money3. REPAIR teaches engineering4. REPAIR saves the planet

And the whole infographic-cum-manifesto:

 repair manifesto infographic

  www.ifixit.com/Public Domain

There are so many ways to bring repair into the modern world. There are classes and workshops, repair cafes and pop-up repair events. There is swapping your mending talents with a friend's phone repair talents; there are books, there is YouTube! Where there is a will to repair, there is a way to repair ... and the repair revolution is just getting started. Again.

Melissa Breyer, June 2020