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On the mend: the organisation that helps people learn to repair their broken electronics

The Restart Project helps people learn how to repair their broken electronics, and rethink how they consume them in the first place

The Restart Project helps people learn how to repair their broken electronics, and rethink how they consume them in the first place

UK-based social enterprise the Restart Project runs regular Restart Parties, where people teach each other how to repair their broken or slow devices – from tablets to toasters, and from iPhones to headphones. The team works with schools and organisations to help them value and use their electronics for longer. And they use the data and stories collected to help demand better, more sustainable electronics for all.

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The organisation was created in 2013 out of frustration with the throwaway, consumerist model of electronics that modern society has been sold, and the growing mountain of e-waste that it leaves behind. “By bringing people together to share skills and gain the confidence to open up their stuff, we give people a hands-on way of making a difference, as well as a way to talk about the wider issue of what kind of products we want,” says co-founder Janet Gunter.

In photos: the Restart Project

All images: Mark Philips

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