Support your local Repair Cafes & Tool Libraries

Support your local Repair Cafes & Tool Libraries

A tremendous amount of waste is created when we keep buying things we only use once and throw out something once it’s broken instead of trying to fix it. The gadgets we buy for that one specific use ends up unused instead of fulfilling its intended purpose. At the same time, most things that can be repaired, are thrown out because we have just forgotten how to fix them. This is where repair cafes and tool libraries can change that, encouraging people to pass on their valuable practical knowledge and reducing CO2 emissions through a more circular economy of mending and sharing instead of making new products or recycling old ones.

The Pembrokeshire Remakery CIC

What is a Repair Cafe?

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.

Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table – by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.

Crystal Palace Library of Things

What is a Tool Library?

It is a community hub where you can borrow tools and items like drills, steam cleaners and gazebos, that you would usually use once in a while. You can also join practical events like DIY classes and mending meet ups or volunteer your time to help organise events, fix things and spread the word.

 

List of Repair Cafes & Tool Libraries

Bedfordshire

Berkshire

Buckinghamshire

Cambridgeshire

Cornwall

Cheshire

Cumbria

Derbyshire

Devon

Dorset

East Sussex

Essex

Gloucestershire

Greater London

Greater Manchester

Hampshire

Herefordshire

Hertfordshire

Kent

Leicestershire

Northern Ireland

Nottinghamshire

Oxfordshire

Scotland

Somerset

Staffordshire

Surrey

Wales

Warwickshire

West Sussex

Wiltshire

Worchestershire

Yorkshire

 

Do you know any repair cafes, tool libraries or similar initiatives that we’ve missed out? Let us know by emailing us at info@zerowastenear.me.