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Festival of Repair!

I am more than a little bit excited…!
As well as starting a whole new challenge, this month sees several fabulous Make Do and Mend type events/projects happening-hurray!

First up, The Rubbish Diet have just launched The Festival of Repair, which will run for the whole of September.
An actual Festival (ok, more of a virtual Festival, but still) of actual Repair!!

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I was asked if I would do a blog post for them to kick the whole thing off-you can read it here.

If you are like me, and a teensy bit excited, there are lots of ways to get involved:

  1.  Pledge to Repair one item during September.
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    It can be anything from those jeans with the hole in the knee, to fixing a puncture on your bike
    (If you need some help, the Back to Basics e-book is packed with LOADS of repair tips!)
    You can share your mends, and your fixes, and your repairs on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #Pledge2Repair
  2. Share your favourite places to repair
    I’ve set up a new category for Festival of Repair on the Make Do and Mend-able Directory, so that we can build up a Repair map of the UK!
    If you have a fabulous cobbler, or bike repair place, or seamstress near you, who is a repair genius, add them in!
    Or let me know their details, and I can add them in for you 🙂
  3. Attend a Repair Event
    The Rubbish Diet have started compiling a list of Repair events happening online and around the country. Check them out to see if there is anything near you, or search the Directory for Repair Events. 
  4. Join in with the Repair themed #makedoandmendhour Twitter chats every Thursday from 8-9pm this month!
    We have a different repair topic each week, and some fabulous special guests. Here’s the line up:
    Sept 3rd: Share pictures of your favourite repairs and take to the #Pledge2Repair
    Sept 10th: Repair and Zero Waste Week (more on Zero Waste Week to come very soon!)
    Zero Waste Week founder Rachelle Strauss will be joining us to discuss how repair fits into this year’s Zero Waste Week theme of ‘Re-use’
    Sept 17th: Share your favourite places to repair, and we’ll get them listed on the Directory!
    Sept 24th: Repair Cafes and Restart Parties
    Repair Cafe founder Martine Postma will be joining us, along with Kate Jerrold from Bristol Repair Cafe, to answer all your questions about Repair events, and hopefully inspiring you to start one up in your community, if you don’t already have one!

Can you see why I’m excited now?!

Stay tuned for Zero Waste Week, and Waste Less, Live More, ALL in September 🙂


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  • Reply Helen Butt September 5, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I’ve got a huge bag of stuff to repair – been putting it off out of sheer laziness for beyond two years, in the case of some clothes. (Obviously, we didn’t really miss them!) So, we could end up feeling we’ve got a whole new wardrobe of clothes!

    • Reply Jen September 7, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      I always put it off, and end up with the hugest mending pile. When I do tackle it, it never takes half as long as I thought it would and I always think “Why did I put that off for so long?”. And it’s so satisfying! But I still procrastinate…!

  • Reply Workshopshed September 2, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Yes, I should be able to manage one repair in September.

    • Reply Jen September 2, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      Yay! If anyone can, you can Andy! Have you ‘taken the pledge’ on the Rubbish Diet website?

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