The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee released its new report on electronic waste. In it we can hear the voices of the repair community. The Committee calls for the right to repair and a smarter approach to materials and electronics waste.
We partnered with Catbytes in London to support their laptop donation scheme and help them repair their devices. Our volunteers were happy to help increase the number of laptops available for reuse by people in need.
“Repair is Essential” – this is the theme we chose for this year’s International Repair Day. In London, an online team of volunteers mapped 45+ repair businesses in London to be considered for inclusion. Small groups met repair businesses in Crystal Palace, Shepherd’s Bush and Tooting.
Normally on International Repair Day we run a large Restart Party, to celebrate the day together with as many of our volunteers as possible. This year, on 17 October we invite Londoners to help us celebrate the independent repair shops who help us all stay connected, especially during lockdown.
The Repair Directory lists reliable repair businesses in London. We are asking the public to submit their favourite London repair shops!
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.
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.)
Last night we wrapped up the second edition of Fixfest UK, the first online edition! Thank you to the 200+ people who “attended” Fixfest UK over the past month.