Too often consumers are blamed for wasteful behaviour when the facilities to repair and reuse simply don’t exist. A wider culture of built-in obsolescence means that people tend to throw things away unnecessarily. This is a huge and often unaddressed source of carbon emissions.
In a year of record-breaking extreme weather, it's never been clearer that we need to step things up in a big way.
But when it's time to do more, it's also worth reminding ourselves what we're capable of.
So to celebrate another remarkable year, we've put together a big roundup of the best things we did together in the last 12 months. As always, it makes for pretty inspiring reading!
Remade in Edinburgh's community repair and reuse centre was part-funded by 10:10ers as part of our Pitch Pledge Party project. Here's their nine-month update.
We've taken some big steps forward since our last update in March, including signing a brand new constitution that gets us on the way to securing charitable status! It was a great moment when we all came together to agree our objectives, and it feels like we're establishing ourselves as part of the community in Edinburgh.
But the meeting wasn't all formalities – we also saw the official launch of our Volunteer Credit Scheme, which rewards our volunteers with free courses covering everything from furniture repair to print-making.
This week we've got free energy meters up for grabs from the Dutch team, travel tips from Denmark and Remade news from Edinburgh and blogger Carrie.
The project has been running free weekly repair sessions for textiles, laptops and furniture, and recently inspired us to run a worldwide Remade campaign of our own.
Remade in Edinburgh started as part of south Edinburgh’s Transition group, but now (partly thanks to the support of the 10:10 community) it’s strong enough to set up as a standalone organisation.
They’re holding a special event this Saturday (9 June) to celebrate everything that’s happened so far, and launch the next phase of the project. And you’re invited!
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We've all been there. When your favourite pair of jeans loses a button, your computer slows to a crawl or your bike gears start rattling, it can feel like the end of the line. Time to get a new one.
Everyone knows it's possible to repair stuff like this, but most of us don't know where to start. Now all that's about to change.