Biz that Gives
Shop mends and repairs just about anything to fix throwaway culture
- Remade, a mend and repair shop in Scotland, takes on the responsibility to manage waste from throwing away broken things.
- Remade repairs electronics, clothes, jewelry among others.
- The shop also serves as a second-hand outlet looking for new owners of restored items.
“If it’s broken, fix it.”
This is the mantra of Remade, a mend and repair shop in the Govanhill neighborhood, who takes on the responsibility of managing waste and changing British consumers’ capitalist regime.
With people’s practice of throwing old and broken stuff away, buying a new one is the go-to habit. And doing this over and over again, by millions of people around the globe, is causing a truck load of non-degradable landfill waste. In this case, wastes do not only account to the broken items, but also to the replacement and the tedious processes it undergoes.
This situation is what exactly drives Remade to take on a radical job.
The shop fixes a wide range of broken things: gadget, home appliance, lawn machine, garment, jewelry, and even Christmas ornament — you name it.
Ever since the Govanhill neighborhood heard about Remade, hundreds of residents started coming in to have their stuff fixed up, resisting the desire to just throw it off and rely on Amazon for a new one.
The shop has a team of technicians, general repairmen, and tailors working to thrive the mend-and-repair business for a cause.
Not only Remade restores broken things, it also works as a second-hand outlet aiming to find new owners for the fixed items, such as surplus laptops and other gadgets.
So far, the company has given 1,000 computers after receiving donations from Glasgow city council.
One repeat customer that BBC spoke with said that when her extension cable stopped working, she initially thought of buying a new one, until she remembered there’s a repair shop nearby.
“My immediate response was, well that sucks—I guess I will go to an online retailer like Amazon and buy another one,” she said. “Then I thought—hang on, there’s absolutely no need to do that—I know this place is open just down the road.”
Remade now expands its staff to keep up with the demand of fixing up old stuff.
If you’re someone who usually gives sentimental value to things, even to the broken ones, Remade is the perfect place to run to.
Source: Good News Network