The Repair Cafe Movement

Local Repair Cafes

We’re one of more than twenty Repair Cafes across Cambridgeshire, sharing tools, knowhow and resources, and helping people across the county to get their things fixed.

Together we’ve seen over 1,500 items this year, fixed 64% of them, helped to avoid 2.9 tonnes of waste and prevented 23 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Our repairers and organisers are all volunteers and repairs are free.

You can read more about the Repair Cafes at Cambridge Carbon Footprint

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

Lea setting up

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.