On 19 April The Remakery hosted its first 2018 Restart Party. The event was inspired by the Restart Project, which developed the now widespread ‘Restart Party’ – an event where people bring in their broken appliances and experienced repairers diagnose and fix them. Restart is a movement to address excess excess waste by spreading repair knowledge and by preventing appliances from being thrown away. Restart joined us to run the first party at the Remakery, which started with an induction for new Restarters.
In all, 21 devices were worked on, and in all but two cases these were either repaired, or the correct spare part needed for repair was identified. The party was fun and fascinating – people brought in some very interesting machines, some brand new and some dating back decades, and the repair volunteers and visitors alike learned plenty about wiring, problem-solving, and history.
Here are some photos from the event, followed by the Remakery’s Restart party stats and a visualisation of the CO2 emissions that our party diverted.