We have been all too accustomed to the throw away lifestyle. If something doesn’t work, throw it out and buy a new one. Because of this behavior our landfills are filling at a rapid rate and electronic waste has become the one of the largest pollution generators. So why don’t we just fix it?!
History of Fix-it Clinics:
Peter Mui, from the Bay Area started this idea of Fixit Clinics because the biggest items that are disposed of right now are electronic devices and textiles that needed a simple repair/mend but it is so much easier to toss and buy than to try to fix. By creating what he likes to describe as do-it-together disassembly at local libraries and/or Makerspaces he brought together the community of trades people to share their skills with their fellow neighbors on how to troubleshoot and repair their appliances, clothes, electronics (the list can be endless) at these hands on clinics. This program has been adopted throughout the country and has received overwhelming support in every community.
The City of San Diego has adopted the Zero Waste Plan and while recycling is great alternative to properly disposing broken and/or unwanted material it should be the last resort not the first. Providing a venue and opportunity to learn to fix broken materials, teach a man to fish mentality, we are both helping our environment and teaching a new skill to potentially the next generation.
This program is perfect for retired tradespeople, veterans and just handy individuals to share their skills with the community and allowing pre-teens and teens become assistance or apprentices to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Coaches we will recruit. This is an ideal inter-generational program that works with seniors and veterans and potential partnership within the County of San Diego.
For more information about Peter Mui’s Fixit Clinics go to http://fixitclinic.blogspot.com/