‘Make Do And Mend’ – Is It A Thing Of The Past?

‘Make Do And Mend’ is it a concept from bygone days? With clothing and electronics so cheap and time so short for most people, it seems much easier just to bin a faulty toaster and buy a new one or throw away a pair of jeans and replace.

However, the consequences of this are far-reaching with global environmental implications for generations to come.

Is there another way?

Well, The Repair Cafe and The Restart Project seem to think so. The Repair Cafes were an idea started in Amsterdam back in 2009 by Martine Postma she had been striving for sustainability at a local level since 2007. There are currently 1500 cafe’s worldwide. Find a Repair Cafe near you by clicking the link.

The cafes are manned by professionals who volunteer their time to help educate and repair often retired people wanting to share their wealth of experience with younger generations. Volunteer or Start a Repair Cafe by clicking the link.

The Restart Project is another enterprise with similar motivations. Restart is a people-powered social enterprise that aims to fix our relationship with electronics. Their motto is ‘Don’t despair, just repair!’.

The idea is familiar to many that grew up in more difficult economic times but it seems that the skills are slowly disappearing. A poll by TV show Flipping Bangers in 2018 showed 3 times as many over-36s would be confident wiring a plug, compared to their younger counterparts.

Here are the Top 5 things millennials would struggle to do

  1. Fix a leaky tap
  2. Rewire a plug
  3. Change a headlight bulb
  4. Bleed a radiator
  5. Change a car tyre

It seems it’s not all down to education and lazy millennials. As many manufacturers are designing products that are sealed or require specialist parts and do not come with service info.

The Repair Cafe and The Restart Project offers the opportunity to learn new skills, save money and save the environment to boot, what is there not to like?

What was the last item you repaired? What is the oldest working item you have in your house? Let us know in the comments below.


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