Repair and Re-use Day in London Fields
Hackney’s annual Repair and Re-use Day returns to London Fields on Saturday 24 June.
The event, now in its fourth year, aims to help residents reduce waste and save money by getting faulty electrical items fixed by Hackney Fixers. As well as getting things fixed, people can get rid of their unwanted items and pick up something they need at the give and take stall, which is like a jumble sale where no money changes hands.
Dr Bike will also be there to give residents free bicycle checks and minor repairs. Plus there will be textile workshops, led by Barley Massey from Fabrications, to help people resurrect unruly wardrobes.
Attendees will also be able to sample dishes taken from recipes in the North London Food Lovers’ Cookbook, watch live cookery demonstrations and take part in food waste reduction games and activities. The dishes will be prepared using food coming to the end of its useful life that would otherwise have gone to waste.
Alongside the Hackney Fixers will be representatives from the Hackney-based company Sugru handing out free samples for people to try. Sugru is an award-winning mouldable glue designed for fixing, making and improving your stuff. These unique properties make it ideal for extending the life of lots of everyday items.
It is so easy for us to throw things away as soon as we feel they are too old, but we don’t have to. This is a unique way to get our residents thinking about the goods they throw away. This is a great opportunity which allows people to look into what products can be revived or replaced.
Hackney Fixers co-organiser, Friederike Hanish, said: “Helping people learn how to fix their electronics in the leafy surroundings of London Fields is particularly rewarding.”