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    It’s easy to overlook the value of what you have when everything you can ever want is purchased with just the ‘swipe of a card’. Buy. Use. Break. Toss. That’s how we’ve done it for decades — to the tune of roughly 40-million tons of electronic waste. However, in a down economy there are very few business that grow and everything begins to get stagnant. Except repair. There have been tens of thousands of locally owned smartphone and computer repair shops that have popped up in the last few years. The electronics and computer repair industry in the United States supports 60,000 small businesses that employ 175,000 people, for a total of $21 billion in annual revenue. When times are tough we all look to make things last longer. Repair is noble. Repair is sustainable.

    There’s fundamental truths to repair: 1) If it’s broken, repair it. Because tinkering and problem solving is the most beautiful form of self-expression and the purest form of creativity that exists. 2) If it’s not broken, improve it. Building on what others have created inspires innovation and propels society forward. 3) Give products a longer life. If you double the life of a product you can essentially halve what goes into a landfill. 4) Fixing means freedom and independence. When you can fix it why worry about wear and tear? Everything gets old, no matter the cost. So forget perfection. 5) Resist trends and needless upgrades. Materialism just fuels a throwaway culture. 6) Don’t be a passive consumer. When you spend your money you’re voting in support of a product succeeding. Buy products that are sustainable. 7) Fixing is beautiful. Every fix at any skillset holds a story. 8) Small ideas become good ideas. The best innovations in modern times sought only to improve a small piece of the puzzle. 9) Tinkering nurtures curiosity. Keep trying things you’ve never tried. Don’t be afraid to fail. 10) People are infinitely diverse, so why not products? 11) Disposability is a choice, not a physical characteristic. Plastics aren’t evil, but we’re using them wrong. 12) A repair community is a sustainable community. If you find the joy of repairing or tinkering pass it on. It’s a gift for life.

    Repair is future proof. Repair is noble. Repair is sustainable.
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