Monday, 31 January 2011

On being repaired!

I came across this Repair Manifesto the other day (here) from a design centre Platform21.
It has 11 points of interest ranging from
1. Make your products live longer
I have often lamented that in the course of my adult white-goods-buying life that white goods have lasted for shorter and shorter and shorter times. I still have the freezer we bought over 25 years ago (which is nearly at the end of its life) but have had 4 or 5 washing machines in that time. One of which lasted 18 months when the rotor/propeller broke and we were informed that there was no point replacing it as you had to buy a new gear box as well!

and it goes on
4. What doesn't kill it makes it stronger. Every time we repair something we add to its potential, its history, its soul and its inherent beauty

and more philosophically
8. Repair - even in good times This isn't about money, it's about mentality. This is not just about recession

and the quirky
11. You can repair anything, even a plastic bag But we'd recommend getting a bag that will last longer and then repairing it when necessary

It's worth taking a look at. But in a touch of irony if you go to their homepage we see that Platform 21 has apparently outlived its usefulness

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