In these days of austerity (and we won’t mention the paradox of thrift to the chancellor) many people are turning to the “make do and mend” that some of us grew up with after the second world war. And it can be fun. Repairing something is an achievement, sometimes involving a bit of creative thinking and innovation and that makes people feel good about themselves.
I have a story. Back in the 60s my wife (she wasn’t then) had a set of Carmen curlers that stopped working. I took it to bits and found a burnt out resistor. Sent off for a replacement, soldered it in – and those Carmen curlers still work today. That was planned obsolescence; I was supposed to buy a new set.
But how many of us know how to do these things? Well, the Internet is a great source of information – how to do a hard reset on a troublesome mobile phone for example. But sometimes we need some practical help and may not have the right tools. This is where the Restart Project comes in:-
The Restart Project is a people-powered platform for change, helping demand emerge for more sustainable, better electronics.
By working with communities, schools, and companies to value and use electronics longer – and documenting the barriers to doing so – we’re driving a global movement to move beyond the throw-away economy.
We take local action to prevent electronic waste through hands-on, learning events where we help people fix their own electronics – and help others to do the same globally.
We also look at the big picture, generating valuable insights into how to improve electronics for people, from design and manufacture, through use and end of life.
When we act together, people everywhere have the skills and vision to guarantee that technology serves people and planet. Our insights and actions will enable designers, companies and policymakers to fix what we simply cannot on our own.
|Restart at the Ilford Pop-up cafe earlier this year|
So, if you’ve got a broken kettle/lamp/toaster/etc., slow laptop, a troublesome gadget, a misbehaving smartphone, just bring it along and the team will not only try to fix it, they will teach you how to do it.
If you are not from around these here parts then do look out for a Restart Party near you. They get just about everywhere, there was one held in the Houses of Parliament recently hosted by Helen Hayes MP.
When attending a Restart Party
- Please arrive during the first two hours
- Please bring devices charged AND their power leads/adapters
- Please do not expect us to have spare parts or replacement mobile screens
- This is not a free repair shop, it’s a pop-up community event!
- Often people attend twice, once to get advice on what part to buy and a second time to repair