By Jane Paterson
In May 2017 I was roped into attending a Living Smart course with two of my best friends that I’d know for over 30 years. Little did I know it would change my thinking and life forever. It was during the course that I learnt about Plastic Free July (PFJ) which also coincided with the War on Waste on ABC TV.
I was so horrified at learning of the amount of plastic pollution globally – a million plastic bottles are purchased every minute, 500 billion to a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year, billions of straws and a billion coffee cups a year in Australia alone – that I knew I had to do something about it. I joined up to the Plastic Free July challenge in 2017 to say No to the Top 4 single use plastics; plastic bags, water bottles, takeaway coffee cups and plastic straws.
Sustainable Communities is supporting the Unley Repair Cafe, run by Ruby Wake and funded by a Fund My Neighbourhood grant. The Repair Cafe’s mission is to repair household items; reduce landfill; share knowledge, skills and cups of tea; save money; make friends & create community. These were certainly fulfilled at the inaugural event in April. There was a range of expert repairers on hand to help fix broken household items and teach these skills to people bringing in their broken items. Items fixed included shoes, furniture, jewellery, clothes, bags, electronics and bikes. There were lots of happy customers with items fixed on the day, while others learnt the necessary skill and took their item away to fix themself.
The next Unley Repair Cafe will be Saturday May 26, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
at the Clarence Park Community Centre (72-74 East Avenue, Black Forest). The centre is next to the Clarence Park train stop, or the W90 bus stop 10. For more details see the Unley Repair Cafe Facebook page or email Ruby. There is a swap and share produce table at the Cafe and the Clarence Park Food Co-op is open if you want to do your shopping while your items are fixed. And if you can’t make the Unley Repair Cafe, the Adelaide Sustainability Centre is running the next Adelaide Repair Cafe on Saturday 19th May (111 Franklin St, Adelaide, 10-1pm).
Unley Repair Cafe is coming soon!
Repair cafes are places where expert repairers help community members learn how to fix their broken household items. Through the repair cafe we hope to repair things – share knowledge, skills, cups of tea – reduce landfill – save money – make friends – create community!
Unley Repair Cafe received a grant through the SA Government’s Fund My Neighbourhood to operate for 12 months. It will be held from 9.30am – 12.30pm on the last Saturday of each month at Clarence Park Community Centre. The first session will be on Saturday 28 April 2018.
More repairers are needed so if you have skills in fixing things please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By Anne Bunning
Depositing all your electronic stuff is free and they really take anything from the batteries inside the radio to CDs, mobiles, cables, mouses, to the more obvious things like laptops and TVs. The best thing I saw were the insides of traffic lights – the arrows and the body shapes. The basic rule is – if it is domestic, plugs into a power point, uses a charger or is powered by battery ERA will take it.