From my perspective in the US, I wouldn’t have guessed that Europeans think they live in a disposable culture… it seems so much worse here! With the exception of certain large cities (I’ve patronized repair specialists for umbrellas, microwaves, and vacuum cleaners in New York), it’s practically impossible to find people who can fix stuff and not just replace it.
There was an interesting piece in yesterday’s New York Times, though, about a Dutch foundation called Repair Cafe, which facilitates events at which volunteers come together to fix lamps, clothes, appliances, and whatever else comes their way.
Inspired by a design exhibit about the creative, cultural and economic benefits of repairing and recycling, [founder Martine Postma] decided that helping people fix things was a practical way to prevent unnecessary waste.
Very cool, no? Here’s a link to the foundation’s website for those of you who live in the Netherlands or are simply curious to see inspiring pictures of things being fixed.