Repairing is the New Recycling

photo: Jens Thiels

(Via the “Get Inspired” newsletter from Material Stories)

From Platform21 in Amsterdam comes the Repair Manifesto: 11 key ideas for designers to consider when designing products–not just for disassembly and recycling, but for repairing (like the chair above). If we designed products to be repaired as opposed to seeing these repairs as flaws, this would discourage our habit of tossing out what can be easily fixed.

Things should be designed so that they can be repaired. Repair is not replacement. Repairing is a creative challenge. To repair is to discover. Repaired things are unique…

Visit their website for stories about more repaired products that celebrate the discovery and joy of fixing things. For a real laugh, take a look at There, I Fixed It for some less than aesthetic hacks…

But hey, they work…


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