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Repair Café Paranduskohvik

Repair Café
Date: 
7 May 2020

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Country: 
Estonia

Repair Café volunteers give broken household items a new life.

Paranduskohvik from MTÜ SPARK Makerlab is a repair café in Tartu, Estonia. The place provides locals with the tools and expertise to repair and ‘up-cycle’ household items. To shift locals’ mindsets from mass consumption to a more sustainable approach, five young people set out to prove the benefits of reusing and repurposing everyday items. They organise the daily activities of the café and direct consumers to the right professional.
How does it work? Everyone bring their item(s) in need of repair, and for an hour, they have access to professionals present at the café. Objects to repair include:

  • bicycles
  • electronics
  • furniture
  • toys (parents are encouraged to bring their children)
  • general repair

Paranduskohvik embraces European values, such as inclusion, solidarity and sustainability. Its doors are open to everyone, empowering all to make small, practical steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle.