Monday, April 15, 2013

Unique Project in London, Repair and Reuse your Broken Gadgets

Technicians, repairers, engineers and technology enthusiasts are volunteering to undertake repairs of broken gadgets in Primrose Hill District of London. These volunteers are part of the ‘Restart Project’, an innovative initiative by adoptive Londoners, Italian Ugo Vallauri and a British American Janet Gunter. These two concerned persons, on return to the West after working in the developing world, found the amount of waste being generated and decided to do something about it. Under the banner of ‘Restart Project’, with the slogan of “Don’t Despair, Repair”, volunteers gather for “Restart Parties”, as these meets are called, and help repair the broken gadget brought by the visitors.

The repair services are free for all broken gadgets except for large items. Along with the goal of reducing the environmental impact of the waste, the other objectives are to make people understand about how the everyday devices work, promoting the skilled local repairers’ work and re-adopt the tradition of ‘make do and mend’ philosophy. The organizers are also helping in providing guidance and answering queries to replicate the idea elsewhere in Britain and abroad.