The Edinburgh Remakery is a social enterprise where you can fix your broken goods, learn new repair skills and even buy top quality refurbished computers and furniture. The parent company, Remade in Edmiburgh, was founded in 2011 by Sophie Unwin. She was inspired to do so after spending a year in Nepal in a household of six people that created less than one garbage bin of waste in that entire year. The Edinburgh Remakery has grown rapidly and now employs 10 staff, 20 volunteers, and 10 freelance tutors who collectively diverted 250 tonnes of waste in 2016. Their goal is nothing less than to kickstart a global repair revolution and they have had such an impact that they won the UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2016.
This kind of enterprise is needed in every community because the knowledge of how to fix things is rapidly declining in our disposable society and will soon be lost entirely if we can’t rekindle a culture of repair. Not only will repair and furbished goods shops like this help dramatically reduce waste and the drawdown or virgin resources, it also helps build community because often the best way to repair things is around a large table with local residents.
If you like this idea, why not start a Remakery in your community?
Link to Website: http://www.edinburghremakery.org.uk
To watch a video of sophie talking about her enterprise, click here: https://youtu.be/ue4cab5LdQE