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Restarter Profile: Meet Junaid

Photo of Junaid disassembling a phone

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m owner of an independent repair shop, and I’m concerned with e-waste and the planned obsolescence of tech.

When did you start repairing electronics and electricals?

It is difficult to answer this because I started attempting to repair at a very young age, I was a curious kid who wanted to know how things like remote control cars, torches and or any battery-operated toys operated. Whenever they stopped working, I was always opening them with a screwdriver to check what’s wrong.

But professionally I started to repair in 2014.

Why do you attend Restart Parties (or Repair Cafes)?

There are few reasons I attend Restart Parties.

  • I get the opportunity to fix devices which would’ve eventually ended up in a landfill, which has an immense negative impact on our environment. I enjoy giving those devices a second chance.
  • I have the chance to work with other Restarters who share the same vision as me (reducing e-waste). All Restarters have a passion for repairs and genuinely enjoy what they are doing, like myself.
  • It gives me great satisfaction to see the happiness from Restart Parties attendees, when their device has been repaired.

What is your favourite kind of repair?

Mobile phones are my favourite devices to repair.

What do you do when you are not Restarting?

I run my own independent repair shop with my brother for the past 8 years. We are based in Central London, our store name is Saras Fix.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

My wife.

What’s the first thing – one material thing – that you could not live without? (besides oxygen, food, water, and shelter and medical care)

My motorbike, I love riding.

Share something cool with us

Here’s how to call for a repair if your screen is broken.

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