Repairing is the new recycling

Platform21 wrote their Repair manifesto earlier this year which was picked up by many blogs. With our global economy in a state of no repair, they have turned their attention to creating a manifesto that we can all live by when considering a new purchase.

The ‘repair manifesto’ touches on the joy of fixing things, sharing ingenious repairing tips and tricks in order to oppose to a throwaway culture and to celebrate repair rather than recycling.

Having long lived with this concept, it does not teach new lessons, but the concept of writing this all down into a manifesto is to be applauded; especially number 9 – repaired things are unique – beautifully said and a very strong reason to save something useful from landfill.

If you are a product designer reading this, take note of number 2. Stand up to consumer pressure to create new, exciting objects that we can discard shortly after and create something that you will find selling on eBay in 50 years time. Now that’s something worth designing for.



Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.

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