The Repair Cafe Movement
Local Repair Cafes
How it All Began
The idea of a Repair Cafe was conceived by Martine Postma who organised the first ever Repair Cafe in Amsterdam, in 2009. It was a great success and prompted Martine to start the Repair Cafe Foundation, a non-profit organisation. The Foundation provides support to groups of volunteers all over the world, helping them set up their own Repair Cafes. Now there are almost 2,500 Repair Cafes across the globe, repairing an estimated 44,000 items per month!
In Cambridge, the repair movement is supported by Cambridge Carbon Footprint.
Cambridge Carbon Footprint
You can get more information about where other Repair Cafes are running around Cambridge from the map below. You can get the full details about when the Repair Cafes will be running on the Cambridge Repair Cafes website.
The site is run by Cambridge Carbon Footprint and has lots of ideas for living more sustainably and reducing the carbon footprint of your home.
Our Local Repair Cafe Network
International Repair Day
21st October 2023
Watch the video to see how repairing is a world-wide phenomenon, and events are being organised by a huge number of hard-working and committed groups in many countries.
Try to Fix Something at Home
The High Cost of Our Throwaway Culture
When I was born (in 1956), atmospheric CO2 concentration was 314ppm, it is now 416ppm - an increase of over 30% in my lifetime!
Back in 2012, the BBC published an article about the advantages of repairing our gadgets. Ten years on, it is still highly relevant - you can read it here.