November 11, 2016

Repair Cafes


The next Repair Café will be Saturday Aug 10 as part of the Zero Waste Festival.  The festival will happen at Victoria Road Recreation Centre from 10am to 5pm. This will be a mini Repair Cafe and we’ll have volunteers who will help to fix electrical appliances, electronics and clothing. There will also be a bike repair station as part of the festival. 

Visit our Facebook page for more info about this event. 

Would you like to volunteer at the Repair Cafe and help with fixing stuff? Please contact us at

What is Repair Café Guelph?

The Repair Café Guelph is an initiative of the Guelph Tool Library in support of the movement started by the Repair Café Foundation in Amsterdam. in Guelph, Repair Cafés are organized roughly every two months at different locations throughout the city, in which volunteer “fixers” help visitors fix their broken items and learn while doing it. The aims is to build a more sustainable society and counter the throwaway mindset. We support the model of the sharing economy through building a community where people with repair skills are valued and organizations collaborate and innovate for the common good.

Where did Repair Cafés start?

The first Repair Café started in Amsterdam in 2009. This initiative has now spread to more than 20 countries and more than 1,000 Repair Cafés have been held. To learn more, please visit

Why Repair Cafés?

We throw away vast amounts of stuff. Even things with almost nothing wrong, and which could get a new lease on life after a simple repair. The trouble is, lots of people have forgotten that they can repair things themselves or they no longer know how. Knowing how to make repairs is a skill quickly lost. Society doesn’t always show much appreciation for the people who still have this practical knowledge, and against their will they are often left standing on the sidelines. Their experience is never used, or hardly ever. 

Repair Café is changing all that! People who might otherwise be sidelined are getting involved again. Valuable practical knowledge is getting passed on. Things are being used for longer and don’t have to be thrown away. This reduces the volume of raw materials and energy needed to make new products. It cuts CO2 emissions, for example, because manufacturing new products and recycling old ones causes CO2 to be released.

Repair Café teaches people to see their possessions in a new light. And, once again, to appreciate their value. Repair Café helps change people’s mindset. This is essential to kindle people’s enthusiasm for a sustainable society.

But most of all, Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is. Why don’t you give it a go?