Repair Café - Gives a new life to broken items
Waste Reduction

When you walk into the Café, you will be surprised because you can't smell the coffee. When you look down, you find that it is not a coffee cup placed on the table, but tools such as a screwdriver, an electric drill, or a sewing machine. When you look up again, you find that the staff is not brewing coffee, but is teaching others how to repair the items, and the customer is not waiting for a cup of coffee, but waiting for the item repaired. When you are wondering where you are, "Welcome to the Repair Café." This answers your question.

Just bring your broken appliances, furniture, clothes and toys etc, and come to the Repair Café. You will find tools and materials to help you make repairs you need. You can make any repairs by yourself in the Café. If you don’t know how to repair your belongings, volunteers can help or teach you, and you can learn repair skills.

Since founder Martine Postma organized the first Repair Café in October 2009, there are 1,600 Repair Cafés around the world. Repair Café can be located on a community center, church, library, or even just a booth.

The Repair Café has made the "repair" trend coming back, promoted the concept of “treasuring things”, encouraged people not to throw out broken items and reduced landfills. Also, Repair Café resisted the consumer culture of “throw away old stuff and buy the new one”, to reducing the pollution emissions caused by consumption. According to the Annual Report of Repair Café in 2017, Repair Cafés in the world have extended the service life of approximately 300,000 products and prevented around 300,000 kilograms of carbon emissions.

Although there is no Repair Café in Hong Kong, there are also repair shops such as tailor shops and shoe repair shops. Before throwing away the damaged things, please stop and think carefully, and see if the items could be repaired, so as to avoid generating waste.