The final figures for the March event:
Total number of items accepted for repair – 64
(UK average shown in brackets)
Total number repaired – 45 = 69% (66.7%)
Sewing – 12 accepted, 12 repaired = 100% (87%)
Electrical (+ Computers) – 35 accepted, 18 repaired = 51.4% (51.3%)
Mechanical – 17 accepted, 15 repaired = 88% (61.8%)
The result is that 45 items did not go to landfill. Using figures from the latest research each item repaired saves 24kg of CO2 so we saved 1080Kg of CO2 emissions.
The running total of CO2 saved (Feb +March) 1872Kg = 15,471Km or 9613 miles in the average car.
We also recovered some scrap electrical items and dismantled them. There is some steel and other metal plus hard plastic which will go to the DCC Stone Gravels Recycling Centre. Non-ferrous metal is saved until there is enough to sell to a metal recycler, any proceeds will go to group funds.
If you buy something you own it, it is yours and you should have the right to repair it. But an increasing number of manufacturers are stopping you from doing that. Take Apple for example, if you replace the battery in a phone or tablet and then take it to an Apple centre, they will refuse to even look at it.
Other manufacturers claim that the item is their intellectual property and stop you from getting inside. It is nothing more than a way of boosting profits and encouraging a throwaway society. Things must change.
Unfortunately for UK residents the government does not think the same. They have blocked legislation that gives the right to repair.
Only the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Portugal support the right to repair. All the more reason for a nationwide network of repair cafes armed with a set of security bits. We love a challenge!
There was a time when people only threw out clothes when they were worn out. Now many are seduced by rapidly changing store promotions of the ‘latest fashion’ which encourages a ‘wear once and throw it away’ mentality. That produces huge amounts of material going to landfill. A recent TV programme showed that synthetic fabric buried over 30 years ago was still completely intact, it does not break down. There have also been documentaries showing the amount of pollution caused by clothing manufacture in the far east that feeds the throw away habit.
There are campaigns to reduce this waste and this article in The Guardian asks: “A growing movement eschews fast fashion in favour of second-hand clothing. Is this the biggest personal change that can be made for the environment?”
Don’t forget; if you have things that need repairing take them to a repair cafe and extend their life.