If it's broke, fix it.
We all have in-need-of-repair household items lying around, waiting indefinitely for some DIY attention, often doomed to the dump.
We need the Repair Café.
In Amsterdam, a network of volunteers is dedicated to both giving those broken-down items a second chance and to teaching basic repair skills to those of us who don't know what to do with a busted toaster.
"I started the café because I think it's a shame we throw things away before their time," Martine Postma, founder of the Repair Café Foundation, told RNW. "Many people don't know how to repair things anymore."
The Repair Café's volunteers are skilled craftsmen, seamstresses and DIY enthusiasts who mend broken items, from furniture and appliances to clothes and toys, while teaching the items' owners how to tackle the repairs themselves.
Postma, who claims we've "simply lost the culture of repairs," opened the first of 20 Repair Cafés in 2009 "to bring together two groups of people: 'repair volunteers' and Read More »from Repair Cafés connect broken items with fix-it experts