Saving the planet from overproduction is a global battle, and with your help we can win.
We all know that fossil fuels won't last forever, but our Earth has other limited resources that we need to conserve. Electronic devices require huge amounts of rare earth metals. While these minerals are far from rare, extracting and purifying rare earth elements is a dangerous industrial process that can spread radioactive waste and other toxic substances into the surrounding environment. Today, the average smartphone contains roughly 63 unique elements, and with no sustainable substitute we are dangerously dependent on the continued mining of these harmful materials.
Our global community disposes of 142,000 computers and over 416,000 mobile devices every day. This represents roughly 2% of all mass in American landfills, but high concentrations of lead and other heavy metals in e-waste account for 70% of all our toxic waste. Recycling programs attempt to responsibly stem the tide of toxic trash, but inevitably many of these devices end up in incinerators around the world.
Since the invention of the light bulb, manufacturers have strategically designed their products to become outdated far before the end of their useful life. By discontinuing support for older models, implementing minor design changes, and even forcing more resource-intensive software on low-performance devices (we’re looking at you, Apple), corporations are bolstering their profits—and we're all paying a hefty price.
Proprietary screws. Restricted access to repair documentation. Software locks in our cars. These are all tools manufacturers use to keep you out of your devices. Different states have enacted legislation to protect consumers and independent repair technicians, but there’s still a large legal battle to win.
Repair is Better than Recycling
Making our things last longer is both more efficient and more cost-effective than mining old tech for raw materials.
Repair Saves the Planet
Earth has limited resources and we can’t run a linear manufacturing process forever. The best way to be efficient is to reuse what we already have!
Repair Saves You Money
Fixing things is often free, and usually cheaper than replacing them. Doing the repair yourself saves serious dough.
Repair Teaches Engineering
The best way to find out how something works is to take it apart!
If you can’t fix it, You don’t own it.
Repair connects people and devices, creating bonds that transcend consumption. Self-repair is sustainable.