The Fixometer

The “Fixometer” is our tool to monitor the growing impact of our community repair activities and those of our network of partners. It allows members of the Restart community to log fixes occurring at the events they run, capturing the environmental and social impact of their work.

Screenshot of Fixometer host dashboard  Screenshot of Fixometer host dashboard - category details

We’re using the Fixometer and the data we’re recording with it in lots of ways. Read on to learn about our work so far and the exciting developments on the way.

We are fixing the world’s relationship with electronics.

The environmental impact of most consumer electronics and electricals is highest when they are manufactured and distributed – before they are even used. Everyday technology users never even see most of these effects. Every time we extend a gadget’s lifetime by fixing, we space out and slow the impacts of manufacture. The fewer new items we buy, the more we limit greenhouse gas emissions, save water and avoid using minerals that are hard to mine and harder to recycle.

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By keeping devices running for longer, we reduce the impacts of manufacture.

So, we keep detailed logs of the fixes we attempt — successful or not — at our community’s repair events around the world.  (For more information on the data we collect, take a look at our open data standard.) We then combine this data with our research data of product lifecycle assessments on electronics products.

From these two sets of data (downloadable here and here) we produce detailed analysis on the positive environmental and social impacts of our work.  For example, we produce stats on the work our community does and the results of our fixes:

Statistics of devices restarted per category

Devices restarted per category

 

And we produce stats on the impact of our work, in ways that are understandable and engaging.

 

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Waste and CO2 prevented

The Future

The Fixometer has been in use for the last 2 years by 15 repair groups. We’ve built up a helpful repository of data on fixes and repairability, and on the positive social and environmental impacts of our work.

But now we’re scaling this up. We’re building new features to improve our own data capture and extend our reach, and we’re starting work on an open data standard to help us collect even more data in partnership with like-minded repair organisations.

As we generate and combine more and more data on repair, we’ll use this to give us a stronger voice and reinforce our advocacy work with manufacturers and policy makers. If we are strategic, more data can mean more influence.

Get involved

The Fixometer is all about repairs, and there are lots of ways in which you can help us grow our database of fixes.

  • If you have a device that needs fixing, bring it along to a Restart Party
  • Help us to extend the life of devices by volunteering with us at a Restart Party, or even hosting your own.
  • The Fixometer code is open-source and available at Github.  You can get involved and follow discussion on our roadmap here.
  • Get in touch if you are a repair organisation and would like to share your own repair data with the wider repair community.

Learn more

Find out more on the Fixometer at the links below:

And to keep up to date with our progress, follow us on Twitter, subscribe to our newsletter, listen to our podcast and watch this space!