24 Jul How the community Repair Cafe became an international movement
The concept, the history, the worldwide interest
Ballarat has joined a worldwide movement with the launch of its first Repair Cafe.
Repair Cafe is a rapidly growing worldwide community of passionate volunteers helping broken items get a new lease on life and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
Repair Cafe Ballarat is now registered with the international Repair Cafe Foundation, along with more than 1,800 other Repair Cafes worldwide.
The concept of Repair Cafe began in Amsterdam on October 18, 2009, initiated by local sustainability advocate Martine Postma.
The success of the Amsterdam Repair Cafe prompted Ms Postma to begin the Repair Cafe Foundation in 2011, a not-for-profit organisation that has provided support to groups in the Netherlands and other countries wishing to start their own Repair Cafe.
Watch the video below showcasing the Amsterdam Repair Cafe and the journey of the Repair Cafe Foundation.
Ballarat is the 37th town to launch a Repair Cafe in Australia, Repair Cafe Foundation website data shows.
Daylesford started its first Repair Cafe in October, while surrounding towns Bendigo, Castlemaine, Geelong, Woodend and Melbourne have also established Repair Cafes.
International Repair Cafe research released in 2016 found Repair Cafes worldwide have a high rate of repairs with a 63 per cent repair success rate.
One product successfully repaired at a Repair Café can prevent up to 24 kg of carbon dioxide being emitted, according to University of Surrey (UK) researcher Steve Privett.
Watch the video below showcasing one of the first Repair Cafes set up in the United Kingdom.
Research also found 46 per cent of Repair Cafes worldwide are founded by an informal group of motivated individuals and 44 per cent by a single motivated individual.
A survey of Repair Cafes surrounding Ballarat found clothing and electrical items were the most common form of repair.
Around the world Repair Cafes are getting communities talking and providing the resources to resist the throwaway culture.
Volunteers are excited to bring this conversation to Ballarat with the launch of the first Ballarat Repair Cafe on Saturday July 27 at the Ballarat Tech School from 1pm to 4pm. We hope to see you there!