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The Manchester Declaration

0 comments, 80 views, posted 7:25 am 09/01/2019 in Hardware & Mobile by tricpe
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The UK community repair movement came together for the first time at Fixfest UK on 6 October 2018, and wrote the following Declaration

To UK policymakers, product manufacturers and designers,

We are repair volunteers and activists representing community groups running Repair Cafés and Restart Parties across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Our community repair events give a second lease of life to all kinds of products that failed prematurely: small kitchen appliances, computers, radios, furniture, lamps, clothes, bikes and much more.

Most importantly, they offer practical, fun and inspiring opportunities for everyone to collaboratively learn new skills, building community connections, well-being and belonging, while preventing unnecessary waste.

By focusing on people and the planet, we hint at the future we want – a future where repair is a thriving sector of our economy; products are easy to repair and manufacturers provide spare parts for as long as possible.

We know that it’s not enough to repair in our communities, yet the success of our activities signals that an alternative to mountains of waste exists, if we make it a priority.

We are part of a growing movement pushing for our Right to Repair worldwide, alongside independent repair businesses and citizens frustrated with the early obsolescence of most of today’s products.

We ask UK legislators and decision-makers at all levels, as well as product manufacturers and designers, to stand with us for our Right to Repair, by making repair more accessible and affordable, and ensuring that we adopt product standards making products better supported, well documented and easier to repair by design.
Signatories

FIXFEST = declaration co-author
Community repair groups

Bewdley Repair Café
Boothstown Repair Café
FIXFEST
Brighton Repair Café
FIXFEST
Cambridge Repair Café
Cottenham Repair Café
Crystal Palace Fixers
FIXFEST
Crediton Repair Café
Didcot Repair Cafe
Durham Free Software Skill-Share
Farnham Repair Café
Fulbourn Repair Café
Hackney Fixers
FIXFEST
Hillingdon Friends of the Earth / Restarters West London
FIXFEST
Kidderminster Repair Cafe
Leicester Fixers
FIXFEST
Malvern Hills Repair Cafe
FIXFEST
Melton Space
Reading Repair Cafe
FIXFEST
Remade Network
FIXFEST
Repair Café Belfast
FIXFEST
Repair Café Leeds
FIXFEST
Repair Café Glasgow
FIXFEST
Repair Café Portsmouth
Repair Café Wales
FIXFEST
Restarters Kensal to Kilburn
SHARE: A Library of Things / Frome Repair Cafe
Soham Repair Café
Stitched Up Co-operative – Manchester Repair Café
FIXFEST
The Pembrokeshire Remakery
FIXFEST
The Restart Project
FIXFEST

Ally groups

Bioregional and the Transform Together Initiative
Friends of the Earth
Green Alliance
Greenpeace UK
Keep Britain Tidy
Library of Things

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