International Society for Industrial Ecology

An Effort to Bury a Throwaway Culture One Repair at a Time

09 May 2012 11:08 AM | Anonymous
By Sally McGrane, New York Times

AMSTERDAM undefined An unemployed man, a retired pharmacist and an upholsterer took their stations, behind tables covered in red gingham. Screwdrivers and sewing machines stood at the ready. Coffee, tea and cookies circulated. Hilij Held, a neighbor, wheeled in a zebra-striped suitcase and extracted a well-used iron. “It doesn’t work anymore,” she said. “No steam.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/world/europe/amsterdam-tries-to-change-culture-with-repair-cafes.html?pagewanted=1&emc=eta1

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