Our headphones are some of our most-used and best-loved devices. But how do we pick the right pair, and what do we do when they break? And what about the future?
The holidays can feel overwhelming, so we present over five hours of our favourite radio shows and podcasts, including geek, tinkerer, designer and academic guests that help put everything into new perspective.
It’s our last radio show of the year, and the weather is getting colder. This week we take a look at Norwegian repair culture, before turning back to the UK, where the growing fuel poverty problem needs some serious attention.
The UK toy market is the largest in the world. As we approach Christmas, how can we reduce the number of electronic toys that end up as rubbish?
In part two of our two-part series, we join Steve the Spindoctor on another repair trip, and talk to Restarters in Camden about their repair experiences.
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We talk to Steve Neil in his repair van and clients’ homes about his work ethic, the trials of being self-employed, and why some machines seem to break so often.
With Black Friday coming this week, we discuss whether more people buying more shiny new stuff is really an indication of a healthy economy, and what to make of conflicting “consumer confidence” headlines.
What does Brexit have to do with undercooked toast? Nothing and everything. This week we discuss how policy can help fix our throwaway economy.
Marie Lefebvre and Divya Pujara of the Leicester Fixers have been hosting Restart Parties in Leicester for a year now. Marie is a Phd researcher with a keen interest in sustainability and Divya is an electrical engineer, teacher and member of Leicester Hackspace.
We moved back in with our friends from 3Space, an excellent charity that provides space for other charities. But we’ll miss Makerversity, our home for three years, where we collaborated with great people.
We fixed electronics together with MPs, hosted by Helen Hayes MP. As ever, fixing is a way into important conversations about why so much breaks and why we discard so much.
We’re recruiting a couple of student leaders of secondary school age to help lay the foundations for a global student campaign against our throw-away relationship with electronics.
Appliances hijacked for cyber attacks, 11-hour cups of tea, hacked Barbie dolls, and angry family members – some dangers of connected, smart homes. Caution is required with “the internet of things”
We talk about the downside to miniaturised and thin devices, discussing serious trade-offs and how Samsung locked itself into a disastrous design with the now-infamous Note 7
Why do perfectly useable products end up in the shredder, when so many people go without? We interview Cat Fletcher, one of the UK’s most articulate and passionate reuse activists.
Through December, you can join us on our virtual tour bus round 14 London boroughs. Our Restart the Capital tour of London, supported by Recycle for London is taking us to new places, as well as to old friends who regularly run Restart Parties in their community.
We would love our friends and supporters to invite their MPs to fix with us at a November Restart Party in Parliament. The time is ripe for government to feel what needs to change!
Some kinds of repair businesses are getting harder to find! We talked to Hackney Fixer James Diamond about mapping he is doing with us, for the East London Waste Authority, on repair businesses in east London.
This week a couple of tech stories had us considering the age we live in, and how software can be used to “kill” hardware or enforce obsolescence at scale. We talked about the risks of having many of our gadgets on networks and what “ownership” really means today.