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The Restart Project – free help to repair your electronics instead of throwing them away, good citizen style


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We’re wasting too much stuff, aren’t we? How many times have you thrown away a perfectly good flashlight or other household device, knowing full well that it could be repaired, but it ‘wasn’t worth it’? Yeah, it sucks, especially if you’re keen not to add any more landfill to the already obscene amount out there.

Which is why The Restart Project is so totally awesome. This non-profit organization exists to help people learn how to repair their stuff instead of throwing it away. The organization, which started out in London, UK, helps organize Restart Parties, where volunteers provide 3 hour open houses for anyone to come along and have a go fixing something, with the help of an expert.

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The project is part of a wider global move towards this kind of ethical recycling, and there are a growing number of ‘repair groups‘ around the world which help people extend the lifespan of their gadgets and gear, which is excellent news.

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All Restart Parties are free of charge to the public, and you can find instructions on the site if you’re interested in getting together with some friends, neighbors or family members to start your own.

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There doesn’t seem to be any limit to the type of things you can fix, as long as there’s a suitable expert alongside to help teach, and the great thing is that the knowledge can be passed on from person to person and group to group.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.



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