In Brief

A number of these places are appearing across The Netherlands, with volunteers who help mend broken appliances, electronics and other objects.

A number of Repair Cafes are opening across The Netherlands, offering communal spaces for local people to build their skills and join together as a community. They mend each other’s appliances, electronics, clothes and furniture, rather than throwing them away.

Volunteers who are skilled craftsmen, seamstresses or enthusiasts help those who want to fix things but don’t know how, entending the life of household items and belongings and resisting the disposable consumer culture. Visitors work with skilled and crafty individuals, sometimes learning how to do the repairs themselves.

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