The essence of Repair Day is simple, even though the premise might seem broad. We can all do a little more to take better care of what we own. Repair Day is all about showing that, fixing what’s broke and making it as visible as possible.
Designed to combat the sheer wastefulness of modern society, Repair Day is about the value of fixing things. With community repair events taking place across the globe and over social media to highlight the benefits of showing our belongings a little more love and care.
History of Repair Day
Repair Day is a relatively recent initiative, with the first event taking place in 2017. It was dreamed up in collaboration with the Open Repair Alliance, an international community of businesses and organisations that have banded together to work towards a world where electronic products are sustainable and easier to repair.
Initially, Repair Cafes were set up by other like-minded electricians, handy people, and DIYers, such as the Repair Café Foundation. The Foundation helped local environmental and waste reduction-minded people set up cafes that would make the tools and volunteers available to help fix all kinds of goods.
As Repair Cafes grew more popular, so too did the notion of making the effort to create a more sustainable and repair-minded approach towards electronics in the wider community. That’s when the first Repair Day was announced.
Since then, Repair Days have gone on to include people starting up Repair Cafes and Restart Parties. Repair Days have also been used to bring attention to movements like the Right to Repair, intended to encourage manufacturers and lawmakers to have more electronic products come with the information and resources needed to fix them.
Repair Day has also taken off across social media, where people joining in are encouraged to share their own repair stories and show electronics that they’re proud to have fixed up.