Repair cafes, fix-it clinics, fixers collectives – whatever you call them, they’re popping up all over Portland! These free repair events bring volunteers who like to fix things together with people who have broken items that need fixing.
Buying durable goods and clothing, and repairing them when they become worn or damaged not only save you money, but are better for the environment. Did you know that 35 percent of the total carbon emissions in Multnomah County come from the mining, making, moving, using and tossing of the stuff we use everyday?
Choosing items for value, durability and utility help you maintain your stuff longer. If you do have items in need of repair, consider joining one of these local events where you can meet others from our community who are also interested in repair. Experts are on hand to fix items as well as teach participants how to fix their own items. Typical repairs will include small appliances, toys, bikes, jewelry and garments.
Of course, there is no guarantee people will walk out with a workable item. The volunteer events may not be staffed with those who have the right skills, it may take some time to research and find repair parts, or it may just not be feasible to repair some items. Curiosity, patience and a DIY attitude are a must!
Repair PDX is a local effort in Portland. The next event in Portland is on Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 11 AM until 3 PM at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5431 NE 20th Ave. That’s also where the Northeast Portland Tool Library is located, another idea that incorporates community and sharing.
Do you DIY? There are also online resources to help you fix almost anything. Check out iFixit.com to learn how to fix things yourself with step-by-step repair guides and troubleshooting tips.
Read more about these efforts in The Oregonian or New York Times. And join the Portland movement!