International Repair Day – 21 October 2023

International Repair Day is celebrated every year around the globe. 

This year the Tideswell & District Repair Café is joining the celebrations. 

So save the date – Saturday 21 October!

The 2023 theme isRepair for Everyone“.

Repair and reuse are central to achieving a truly circular, less wasteful, economy. They help to tackle climate change and achieve our net zero ambition, reduce living costs for UK households and create green skilled jobs.

We want to stress the need for a universal Right to Repair and measures that make repair accessible for everyone.   

We are also part of the national network of repair cafés, known as the Restart Project. On International Repair Day, Restart is launching a new UK Repair & Reuse Declaration,  and we are signing up to this declaration, along with other community groups. The Declaration also asks legislators and decision-makers at all levels to support repair and reuse to thrive. This can be done by making it less costly through tax reductions for repairs, introducing new regulations to cover all consumer products and strengthening design standards. We also need to support a new generation of repairers through training, accreditation and apprenticeships. 

In Tideswell ….

We are having our usual Repair Cafe in the Community Hall on Saturday 21 October. Come along to see if we can mend your household items, or just drop in for tea and cake with our friendly crew.

As well as signing the UK Repair and Reuse Declaration ourselves, we are asking our local MP and local councillors to sign the new Declaration and support its aims. 

If any of our supporters wish to contact other political representatives, asking them to support the new Declaration, you will be able to do this through the Restart web site (more details to follow).

In the UK …..

Repair Cafes across the UK are being asked to sign up to the new Declaration. Restart hope to have a least 100 groups signed up in time for the official launch on 21 October.

Already, many different groups have confirmed they are holding events on 21st October. You can see the full list on the Restart map here.

Around the world …..

Right to Repair campaigners are planning over a thousand events around the world in support of repair and reuse. The European Right to Repair campaign is strong as ever. Fixers all over Europe are going to be writing to their politicians, holding actions, and holding community events. Hundreds of repair events will be taking place in France, FixFirst are holding a human vs. AI fixing battle in Berlin, and Repair Café Denmark will be awarding the Danish Repairability Prize on the day! Campaigners are also lobbying outside the EU Parliament on 24 October

We are joining a truly international campaign on this special day.

Join us at the Tideswell Community Hall on Saturday 21 October to celebrate International Repair Day.

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