It’s been a big fortnight for those watching big tech and their impact on the planet, here in the UK and beyond. Apple came out with some big announcements, which we’ll evaluate in this post. But first, some reminders of what their competitors are up to. (Or rather, what they are not up to.)
Don’t despair, just repair.
The Restart Project helps people learn how to repair their broken electronics, and rethink how they consume them in the first place.Find out more about us
You’re invited to a Restart Party!
Participate in a free community repair event, where volunteer fixers will help you learn how to repair your broken or slow devices - and tackle the growing mountain of e-waste.
IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS NOTICE
All physical repair events across our network are currently cancelled. However, the community is still running repair events online.
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Last week, we were invited to give oral evidence to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). We gave examples of how the current system is broken, and how we can prevent waste through the three pillars to the right to repair.
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At least once a month, we produce a podcast about rescuing and repairing the electronics we use everyday.
Listen here, or tune in live the second Tuesday of the month at 5pm on London’s Resonance FM.
Together with our growing network, we collect and share data on the things we repair, and use it to help us demand better, more sustainable products.
kg waste prevented
kg CO2 prevented
Our web app allows members of the repair community to log their fixes and to learn about the social and environmental impact of their work.
We collect data on repair from our community events and we use the data to provide insights into the devices we see.
We're working with young people to spark awareness about the raw materials inside our electronics and their environmental impacts.
Through hands-on activity, we reveal hidden environmental impacts of smartphones.
Our hands-on enrichment programme helps secondary schools create a new generation of fixers.
Restart is a people-powered project. Here's what we're up to:
The need for electronic devices is high. We look at how Hackney Fixers, a community repair project in London, is reusing donated laptops to support students.
Because some of us are definitely escaping this summer through books, we thought we’d publish an extended summer reading list. This is a follow-up to the initial list shared in our July radio show. We hope you enjoy it!
We call volunteers who share their repair skills Restarters.
Alison is a life-long DIYer who has a real can-do spirit about maintenance and fixing, and a budding interest in brewing. She laments the fact that some women feel discouraged to repair, and loves being involved in our Rosie the Restarter skillshares.
Steve is a life-long tinkerer and fixer, who loves the “Marie Kondo” repairs the best — the ones that spark joy. He enjoys repurposing electronics with his kids, cycling and running. He still remembers his first repair – a Walkman – at age 10.