Jul 25, 2019
by Vesta Copestakes
Northwest Regional Library’s “Planet People Project” explores sustainability, building resilient communities and ecosystems. In August, the theme reuse and repair, and the library will host a Repair Party onAugust 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. at 150 Coddingtown Center in Santa Rosa.
Participants are invited to bring bikes and electronic devices to be repaired, clothing to be mended, and small appliances to be fixed. The idea is to keep reusable items out of the landfill, build community and empower everyday folks to help each other fix things.
The event is part of the “Right to Repair” movement. Many believe that when you purchase a product, you should be able to repair it yourself or have a third party repair shop fix it for an affordable rate. But there are barriers, with some companies insisting that their products can only be fixed by their technicians.
A company might pressure a customer to throw away salvageable products and replace them with unnecessary upgrades. According to U.S. Public Interest Research Group, “Americans throw out 416,000 cell phones per day, and only 15 to 20 percent of electronic waste is recycled.”
The “Right to Repair” movement advocates for legislation that discourages companies from creating obstacles for their customers who want to extend the life of their belongings. Also part of the movement is a growing number of enthusiasts who volunteer their time fixing stuff at events such as “Repair Cafes” and “Fixit Clinics.” Northwest Library is inviting members of the community to volunteer at The August 31 repair event.
Volunteers can sign up at tiny.cc/repairvolunteer for any of the following jobs:
• FIXERS (bikes, electronic devices, small appliances, and clothing)
• GREETERS (greet, orient, event support)
• INTERPRETERS (for Spanish-speaking participants)
• IFIXIT TROUBLESHOOTER (Layperson, uses the ifixit.com site. Tools provided)
Important information for attendees of the Repair Party:
• Drop in. First come, first served.
• There is no guarantee that we can fix your item, and we may need to refer you to other resources.
• Event flyer en español: tiny.cc/repairpartyspanish
• Chimera Arts Repair Cafe in Sebastopol. Every third Saturday.
• The Repair Association: https://repair.org/association
• Culture of Repair: https://www.cultureofrepair.org/
• Ifixit: the free repair guide for everything, written by everyone: https://www.ifixit.com/
• Repair Cafe. Find or host your own: repaircafe.org
• Santa Rosa Tool Library: http://www.borrowtools.org/
• Fixit Clinic: https://fixitclinic.blogspot.com/
• U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group), Right to Repair: https://uspirg.org/feature/usp/right-repair
• Community Bikes: Bike reuse, repair & training in Santa Rosa: http://liteinitiatives.org/communitybikes
• Zero Waste Action, Sonoma County: http://liteinitiatives.org/communitybikes
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