A Repair Cafe is a pop-up event where people bring broken items to be repaired by other local residents. Tools are on-hand for quick on-site problem fixing in order to divert waste from the landfills and to teach participants how to maintain and repair their own equipment.

The first reported Repair Cafe was held in Amsterdam back in 2009, and the Repair Cafe Foundation (Website) was established in 2010 to support local groups around the world to set up their own events. There are currently 11000 reoccurring Repair Cafes, registered with the foundation.

Some Repair Cafes have started using 3D printers to replicate and replace broken pieces.

Looking to start your own Repair Cafe? Click HERE to check out their downloadable starter kit for €49.

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