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London Repair Week 2020

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Gen Z Londoners ‘flip the script’ ahead of the capital’s first ever Repair Week

 

 

New research commissioned by the London Recycles campaign ahead of the capital’s first ever Repair Week has revealed that Londoners are eager to repair and re-use things, with over two thirds (69%) stating they would repair more of their household items and possessions if they knew how.

The findings also flip the assumption that younger consumers are more likely to be the throw-away generation – 85% of 18-24-year olds and 83% of 25–34-year olds have repaired items including clothing, furniture or bicycles in the last year, compared to just 47% of Londoners aged over 55.

With 40% of Londoners not confident about making common household repairs, London Recycles is launching Repair Week on 12th October to help more people learn how to keep items like clothing, bikes, furniture and electricals in use for longer. The campaign will be celebrating local repair services and encouraging people to nominate themselves or repair businesses in their area using #LocalRepairHeroes – as well as encouraging Londoners to give repair a go themselves.

London Recycles will also be creating a Repair Hub at londonrecycles.co.uk/repair-week where residents can find hacks, tips, partner content and a repair guide, along with a mini-directory of local repair businesses and community repair projects.

A wide range of businesses, councils and community groups are supporting Repair Week to share tips, offer discounts on repair services and show how they can help make everyone’s possessions last longer. Partners include the high street retailer Currys PC World, which is offering a special discount on their ‘Fault & Fix’ in-store repair service on laptops all week. Others taking part include: Save Your Wardrobe, Clothes Doctor, TRAID, The Restart Project and over 25 of London’s councils.

 

45% of global carbon emissions currently come from producing the stuff we use every day, so keeping things in use for longer is an important part of tackling the climate crisis.

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Wayne Hubbard, Chief Executive of the London Waste and Recycling Board (who run the London Recycles campaign), said:

 

“By enabling many more people to carry out simple repairs, we can make a big difference to both the planet and people’s pockets, reducing the amount of stuff we send to landfill. It doesn’t matter if we do the repair ourselves or pay someone to do it for us; equipping people with the tools to make positive changes is more important than ever as we start to recover from the effects of the pandemic.

“We need a collective and urgent effort to tackle the climate emergency. Keeping our things in use for longer has a direct impact on the carbon emissions caused by making and transporting new products – so it’s hugely encouraging to see so many organisations come together for our first London Repair Week, which offers a practical route for positive action.”

 

Currys PC World are one of the biggest partners involved in the week.

 

“As the UK’s number one retailer tech recycler, we are delighted to be supporting this inaugural London Repair Week event and encouraging consumers to reuse and recycle their unwanted items,” explains Kesah Trowell, Head of Sustainable Business for Currys PC World. “In addition to the nationwide discount on laptop repairs we are offering, anyone can bring in any unwanted tech for recycling, regardless of whether it has been bought from us.”

 

The wide range of activity taking place across Repair Week includes:

 

 

To find out more about Repair Week, see what’s happening and for more information, visit:

 

londonrecycles.co.uk/repair-week

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