Consumeless for a year

A journal of a year of consuming less and consuming sustainably

Repair manifesto 21/01/2010

A while ago I came across the Repair Manifesto, part of Platform 21‘s project Platform 21 = Repairing. Platform 21 is a Dutch design platform. The idea behind their project is that repairing in stead of recycling is underestimated as a creative, cultural and economic force. The manifesto is written within this project “describing the benefits of fixing things and calling upon designers and consumers to break the chain of throwaway thinking”. I really like the idea of looking at the beautiful side of repairing. It reminds me of a strategy sometimes used by the Dutch State Service for Cultural Heritage (according to Eise’s father who told us this once). Their strategy in maintaining monuments is to do renovations in such a way that the original (broken) structure is still visible. By doing this, a building gets ‘scars’ showing its history. Beautiful! We plan to apply this principle in our own house as well. When we moved into this house, we replaced the stairs, which left a hole in the living room floor. It still is a hole, but we aim to fill this hole with wood in a way that won’t make it invisible, but that shows that there once was a hole.

But to get back to the Repair Manifesto. The eleven ‘rules’ fit very nicely into our own consumeless and sustainability rules, which is why I post the manifesto here.

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2 Responses to “Repair manifesto”

  1. Martin Says:

    Totally agree, the unique pleasure of repairing a seemingly lost piece of equipment or technology produces added value, particularly for the repairman — although sometimes at the cost of a loss of coolness in the eye of the younger generation…

    • Karin Says:

      Hi Martin! I think that will change actually. In my work, DIY (do-it-yourself) is totally up and coming, so I have high hopes for a similar rise of repairing as well!

      Cheers, Karin


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