Fancy going to a party with your broken electronics and meeting new people who will help you fix them? Restart, a people-powered social enterprise that aims to fix people’s relationship with electronics, is hosting regular Restart Parties where people teach each other how to repair their broken and slow devices – from tablets to toasters, from iPhones to headphones.
Over 60 groups in 12 countries have joined the Restart movement giving people a chance to get their electronics fixed their and have a good time while doing so. There are upcoming parties in Sweden, Ireland, UK, Belgium and Switzerland.
The Restart Project was born in 2013 out of a frustration with the throwaway, consumerist model of electronics that have been sold, and the growing mountain of e-waste that it’s leaving behind.
By bringing people together to share skills and gain the confidence to open up their stuff, The Restart Project give people a hands-on way of making a difference, as well as a way to talk about the wider issue of what kind of products they want.
The Restart Project also work with schools and organisations to help them value and use their electronics for longer. The London-based organisation use the data and stories they collect to help demand better, more sustainable electronics for all.
For Restart Parties near you, check out The Restart Project’s listings
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about sustainable lifestyle and green living for publications, and offers content services to planet-friendly businesses. Find out more at Rosamedea.com