Repair Cafe

Got a broken gadget? It's a shame to throw it away, thought Martine Postma, but people do because it's often difficult (or expensive) to get things repaired.

So, back in 2009, Martine founded the first Repair Cafe in the Netherlands, and ended up creating a movement:

A new brand of DIY self-sufficiency is spreading across The Netherlands. Skilled craftswomen, mechanics, seamstresses, and handypersons are banding together to resist disposable consumer culture. It is the rise of the Repair Cafe, a place where neighbors get together to extend the life of their material belongings. “Fixers” mend clothes, restore furniture, rehabilitate electrical appliances, and enjoy each other’s company while industriously toiling away.

Today, there are 20 Repair Cafes all over the Netherlands, with 50 more in the planning stages: Link


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