Thursday, 19 April 2012

10:10 Remade Month (aka How Superglue Solves Climate Change)

We've all been there.

When your favourite pair of jeans loses a button, your computer slows to a crawl or your bike gears start rattling, it can feel like the end of the line – time to get a new one.

Everyone knows it's possible to repair stuff like this, but most of us don't know where to start. Now all that's about to change.

Introducing Remade

April 2012 is Remade month, when 10:10ers around the world share the skills and build the confidence to fix their clothes, bikes, computers and anything else that we can keep alive with a few basic repairs.

One of the biggest barriers to a truly low-carbon world is the energy used to make the things we buy and use every day, especially when we need to replace them every time something goes wrong.

By sharing the skills and resources to keep our stuff going for longer, we're giving ourselves choices, saving money and laying the groundwork for a smarter approach to making and owning things.

But we can't take any credit for the idea. Remade is inspired by Remade in Edinburgh, a community repair and reuse project that walked away with the public vote at last October's Pitch Pledge Party event.

Get involved

To spread the Remade magic as far as possible, we’ve teamed up with a whole host of experts, 10:10 hubs and volunteer groups to run repair events and workshops around the world.

If there's no 10:10 event happening near you, this is a great time to find and get involved with similar projects in your area. We've listed a few in right-hand column of this newsletter for starters – let us know if there's any gems we've missed.

Or if you're already a bit of a repair expert already, why not share your Remade tips and success stories on Facebook or Twitter (@1010) or even organise your own Remade workshop? It could be anything from a sewing session in your living room to a computer fixing workshop in a local community centre.

Let's get repairing!

Julika Niehaus
Global campaign manager