We’re trying to join in the fight against unnecessary waste and product obsolescence due to small and singular component failures.
We’re not standing shoulder to shoulder to the titans of repair, like ifixit, but we’re doing our part to help grow a business that’s focused on educating and helping consumers to repair their stuff; whether that’s with FixIts or not.
Since the invention of plastics in the 1950s we’ve been driven by convenience and cheap replaceable products.
Arguably we live in an age where it should be easier than ever to learn how to repair anything that breaks in our homes. The gap between the expert and the novice is smaller than it’s ever been in human history.
Web resources like ifixit.com create free repair manuals and even sell replacement components and repair kits; because usually when things "break" it's just a single component that fails, not the entire product.
At FixIts we want to build an approach within society that means you automatically look to repair rather than replace. What’s the worst that can happen by having a go at repairing something instead of binning it straight away?
The eco movement has come in waves since the invention of plastics but this time it’s different, because if we don’t do something about it now, our survival as a species on this planet is no longer a guarantee.
This challenge of reversing the last 100 years of reckless production and pollution is going to define entire generations and will be the biggest unified focus that humanity has ever taken part in. Our ecosystems will not survive if we do not tackle the vast negative impact our stuff has had on our planet.
We want to help reduce the impact of waste on our planet but helping you bring your broken stuff back to it's former glory.
We’ve been conditioned to see new as the best and old as the worst. Companies have done a fantastic job as creating desire for objects that are only a little bit better than their predecessor (but our perception of that improvement is far grander than the reality).
We have to learn how to thrive in a world of excess, second, third, fourth and more hand stuff. We are sitting on literal treasure troves of value, but only if we put a little time and energy into our stuff.
Repairing your stuff and changing your mindset towards slightly damaged, scuffed and worse for ware stuff is the first step. Buying stuff that lasts in the first place is the step before that!
No matter how well we do as a society there will always be some things that we can’t repair. At which point we have to consider:
1. Where do we source a replacement part (often near impossible or so expensive that it makes more sense to buy a whole new product) or,
2. What we do with the component or raw material that is now obsolete (not always easy if your local waste service only offer limited waste options).
A lot of our waste is now tech, and that contains some of the most dangerous material. The Right to Repair movement aims to bring the power back to the consumer and force companies to stop making it difficult to repair and extend the life of our products at a reasonable price.
We want the norm to become repair before recycling, but we know that that won't always be possible.