The St Kilda Repair Café is hosting a free repair session this Sunday to share skills, bring the community together, reduce waste to landfill and save money.
It’s old school, it’s thrifty and it’s a clever way to help the planet.
The St Kilda Repair Café is one of 16 Repair Cafés across Australia and one of 1300 across the world.
The idea was born in the Netherlands by the Repair Café Foundation, to fix things rather than throw them away, and kindle people’s enthusiasm for a sustainable society. Above all, the Repair Café wants to show how fun and easy it is to repair things.
What happens at a repair cafe?
Volunteer fixers and menders offer their time and skills to repair a wide range of objects free of charge.
People visiting the Repair Cafe bring broken or damaged items from home - toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, crockery, jewellery ... anything that is broken is welcome.
Visitors can relax with a tea or coffee while watching their treasured item be repaired. It’s also an excellent educational opportunity to watch and learn as items are repaired.
How does it help the planet?
By repairing items, it reduces the volume of raw materials and energy needed to make new products. This cuts carbon emissions, because manufacturing new products and even recycling old ones causes carbon dioxide to be released.
It also reduces the amount of waste going in to landfill.
When: The St Kilda Repair Café is on this Sunday 12 November, 2pm-5pm
Where: The Port Phillip EcoCentre, 55A Blessington Street St Kilda.
Free monthly repair cafe sessions are held on the second Sunday of each month, starting from 12th November 2017, from 2-5pm.
If you are a fixer and want to get involved visit the website. For more information visit the St Kilda Repair Cafe website. To find out where other Repair Cafés are around Australia visit Repair Cafe.