Toss it? No – Repair It!

How many people know how to take apart their toaster to repair a loose circuit? How many people can repair a zipper or button that has fallen off a jacket? In the cities of Kitchener-Waterloo, the answer is probably “not many”.

The average Canadian produced 777 kg of garbage in 2009, according to the Conference Board of Canada.

Are these related? Yes! Which is why TransitionKW and kwartzlab is hosting a Repair Cafe – a place for folks to come and bring household items to be repaired, learn new skills, and get inspired.

Next Saturday, November 9, come out to kwartzlab’s makerspace at 33 Kent Avenue in Kitchener between 10am and 2pm. You can bring any of the following:

  • electrical appliances
  • clothing
  • furniture
  • toys

If you need advice on something that is too big to bring in, bring a picture and a description and come talk to someone. If we can’t repair it on site, we’ll offer advice, let you know where you can grab supplies/parts that we may not have, or refer you to good websites and books. We want to help make your repair project a success, so come talk to us!

And let your friends know – RSVP to our facebook event and invite others!

About Sylvie Spraakman

Environmental engineer, environmental activist, and community volunteer. Loves KW!
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  • d2bumstead

    Speaking of repairing things…
    Next Sunday, November 24th we team up with Queen Street Yoga to chat about climate change. This concept may seem intimidating. You might think, “I don’t know all there is to know about climate change. What if I say something stupid.” No worries, all ideas welcome.

    This concept grew out of the book, Active Hope. Active Hope identified a sense of despondency or hopelessness in many as a result of the seeming stand-still and lack of accomplishment in efforts to save the environment. Community conversations are one way we can actively build hope as we talk about the environment…and possibly repairing the environment.

    The specific topic of Sunday’s conversation is yet to be unveiled but the atmosphere is welcoming and warm. Hope you can join us, Sunday, November 24th at Queen Street Yoga, 44 Queen St. S. 4-5 p.m. guided yoga practise (optional) and 5-7 community conversation. Event is free and no registration required. See you there.