admin by Team Wayblaze | 9 Apr 2018
Waste Reduction

Start a repair social enterprise in BC like the Edinburgh Remakery

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This idea is to create a social enterprise similar to The Edinburgh Remakery in Scotland, where residents can fix your broken goods, learn new repair skills and buy refurbished computers and furniture. The Edinburgh Remakery was established in 2011 by Sophie Unwin and has grown rapidly.  It 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 and a culture of sharing because often the best way to repair things is around a large table with local residents.
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