The St Kilda Repair Cafe held its first event in December 2017. It offers free repair cafe sessions at the EcoCentre on the second Sunday of each month.
Volunteer fixers offer their time and skills to repair broken items free of charge. Everything from toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, crockery; in fact, any broken household item is welcome.
Instead of throwing away broken items they are lovingly brought back to life. This reduces the volume of raw materials and energy needed to make new products, reducing CO2 emissions.
The Repair Cafe highlights how fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is. The sharing of knowledge and skills also helps to create a sense of community.
Co-ordinator John Hillel explained his motivation for founding the initiative, "I wanted to challenge the assumption that when something needs repair it can just be discarded and replaced with a new one, thus reducing the number of items going to landfill. We must learn to live more sustainably if we are going to have any chance of avoiding environmental and social catastrophe. It's up to us as individuals to take action".
The St Kilda Repair Cafe is a joint initiative between Port Phillip Eco Centre and the Jewish Ecological Coalition. It's one of 1,400 Repair Cafe's worldwide.
If you have a broken item or want to volunteer, make sure you head down to their next event. Find out more about this fantastic initiative here.