Bin It? No Way!
- Event date:
- 5th December 2021
- The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre
Today we are so used to throwing away our old stuff and replacing it with new, far more so than we have ever done before and often when there’s actually very little that’s wrong with it. Very few of us even think about the possibility of repairing old things, especially if we don’t know how to. REPAIR CAFE aims to help us see our possessions in a new light and to appreciate their value.
Volunteers from The Alston Moor group, armed with varied skills from lifetimes of mending and reusing, will be operating a repair workshop at the Sill, and invite you to bring along any items that you would like to repair. For example, you may have a hair dryer that’s stopped working, or a favourite jumper that needs darning or a lawn mower that doesn’t start. Maybe you have a new zip for that jacket but are not sure how to fit it, or a tear in that favourite pair of trousers. All electrical items are PAT tested, so you can be assured that they will be safe to use when you get them home.
As long as you can carry it, bring it along and these skilled volunteers will assess and, where possible, carry out repairs whilst you wait. This is also an ideal opportunity too for you to acquire new skills and learn how to repair these items yourselves as they will be happy to share their trade secrets with you.
By carrying our repairs, you reduce the volume of raw materials needed to be mined and quarried, and the energy required to make new products. Furthermore, repairing instead of throwing away helps to reduce waste to landfill and the impact that has on the landscape and the wider environment.
But above all, Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is. Why don’t you give it a go?
The Repair Café will be open from 10am until 3pm.