Imagine your smartphone’s screen gets smashed, or your bicycle wheel gets buckled, or your favourite boots get a hole in them. What do you do? You could buy a replacement. Or you could join the growing trend of taking your broken stuff to a ‘repair café’.

The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre recently launched Australia’s first repair café, in Sydney’s Inner West district. The crowd-funded project holds weekly repair sessions focusing on bicycles, furniture and electrical items.

The world’s first repair café was set up in Amsterdam in 2009, and according to the Repair Café Foundation there are now ...


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