30 Days to Zero Waste (Day 28: Repair and Mend)

I kind of feel like handiness in our generation has become a lost art. We have the internet at our fingertips with every how-to and DIY you could think of yet we would still rather not deal with fixing something and discard it. With as cheap as everything is, isn’t it easier and “more convenient” to just toss something out when it breaks and buy new, anyway? Our disposable tendencies have made us very lazy and as a result of that laziness, wasteful. We are a throw away society. Manufacturers have capitalized on our throw away culture and have started mass producing poor quality items to satisfy our tendencies to toss out and buy new. This not only rewards plastic production since most cheap household items are made from plastic, it puts more and more items into our waste cycle.
In order to live more economically, we have to start making do and repairing what we already have. Having fewer items in your home makes this task a lot easier – that’s a whole separate post in itself. Also, when you make new purchases or buy secondhand, opt for the highest quality. Buy something that will last. Buying cheaper quality items will just result in headaches later because of the need to constantly repair them and inevitably, replace them costing you more money.

But what does one do to repair their damaged items?

For clothing that needs repairing. Learn to sew and darn. YouTube makes learning these trades very simple. With at few tries you’ll be saving yourself a lot of money and excess rags. A lot of times, you can also send your item to the manufacturer to be repaired or take your item to a tailor.

For shoes, take them to a cobbler.

For small appliances, locate small appliance technicians or call the manufacturer. A lot of the times, when I have to call a manufacturer, they send me the part I need for free. There are also a TON of videos and step by step tutorials online that show you how to fix almost of everything. And let me tell you, that sense of accomplishment you feel after you repair something, is pretty fantastic.

For larger appliances, check with the manufacturer to see if you are still within the warranty or if they can provide assistance. Also, get a good contact list of reputable repairman that can fix your issues.
Learning to be resourceful and handy with keeping your items in tip top shape saves a massive amount of waste from making its way to the landfills and will also save you money. Who knows, maybe you can even start charging to fix others’ items with your new skill set!
What are some other good ways to repair your broken items?

Day 29: Avoid Plastic When Possible

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