Stop recycling and start repairing. It’s better for the environment and resource use.
Repairing means taking the opportunity to give your product a second life. Don’t ditch it, stitch it! Don’t end it, mend it! Repairing is not anti-consumption. It is anti- needlessly throwing things away.
Product designers: Make your products repairable. Share clear, understandable information about DIY repairs. Consumers: Buy things you know can be repaired, or else find out why they don’t exist. Be critical and inquisitive.
Replacement is throwing away the broken bit. This is NOT the kind of repair that we’re talking about.
Every time we repair something, we add to its potential, its history, its soul and its
Making repairs is good for the imagination. Using new techniques, tools and materials ushers in possibility rather than dead ends.
Repair is not about styling or trends. There are no due-dates for repairable items.
As you fix objects, you’ll learn amazing things about how they actually work. Or don’t work.
If you think this manifesto has to do with the recession, forget it. This isn’t about money, it’s about a mentality.
Even fakes become originals when you repair them.
Don’t be a slave to technology – be its master. If it’s broken, fix it and make it better. And if you’re a master, empower others.
But we’d recommend getting a bag that will last longer, and then repairing it if necessary.