How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture
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Every year, millions of people throw away countless items because they don’t know how to fix them. Some products are manufactured in a way that makes it hard, if not impossible, for people to repair them themselves. This throwaway lifestyle depletes Earth’s resources and adds to overflowing landfills. Now there’s a better way. Repair Revolution chronicles the rise of Repair Cafes, Fixit Clinics, and other volunteer-run organizations devoted to helping consumers repair their beloved but broken items for free. Repair Revolution explores the philosophy and wisdom of repairing, as well as the Right to Repair movement. It provides inspiration and instructions for starting, staffing, and sustaining your own repair events. “Fixperts” share their favorite online repair resources, as well as tips and step-by-step instructions for how to make your own repairs. Ultimately, Repair Revolution is about more than fixing material objects: in an age of over-consumption and planned obsolescence, do-it-yourself repair is a way of caring for our lives, our communities, and our planet.


“The impulse to repair is present in every part of our lives. This book tells the important story of the people leading the repair movement.”
— Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit

“This book delivers good news at two important levels. It chronicles the growing worldwide repair movement (sibling to the Maker movement) in abundant, inviting detail. And it inspires and instructs the actual fixing of things in your life.”
— Stewart Brand, creator of the Whole Earth Catalog and author of Maintenance (forthcoming)

“A gold mine of inspiring stories . . . If you want to kick-start the repair revolution in your community, this book is a must-read.”
— Catherine Weetman, host of the Circular Economy podcast and cofounder of Rethink Global

“Fixing something is one of life’s great pleasures. Repair Revolution is an inspirational yet practical primer on how to build and strengthen communities, one reclaimed, repaired, or restored object at a time.”
— David Malki !, author of Wondermark

“Well-researched, articulate, readable, comprehensive, and compelling, Repair Revolution is a very important contribution to the international repair movement and offers extensive resources for taking action.”
— Vita Wells, founder of the Culture of Repair Project

“It’s heartening to see the rise in popularity of Repair Cafes, to witness communities gathering to collectively build resilience, share technical skills, honor value, and celebrate creativity. I hope communities can use this book to continue building support for a repair revolution.”
— Katrina Rodabaugh, author of Mending Matters

“Presents the what, why, and how-to of bringing repair and reuse to every town in the USA.”
— Neil Seldman, president of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance

“From chapters on resource recovery processes to repair efforts in classrooms, workshops, and at home, Repair Revolution makes a strong case for recycling, reuse, and better resource management long-term.”
Midwest Book Review