On Tuesday, September 16th, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, The Gear Fix and The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project are hosting a Fall Repair Café
.  A repair café is a free event that connects people with broken stuff, with people that like to fix stuff.  Volunteers will be on hand to repair – and share a skill or two – small appliances, boots & shoes, clothing, bikes, small furniture, general household goods, backpacks, outdoor gear, knit goods and other items needing heavy duty sewing or patching. The Gear Fix is located at 345 SW Century Drive in Bend.

“Repairing instead of replacing prevents waste and conserves resources”, says Denise Rowcroft, Rethink Waste Project Manager, “but what really makes repair cafes great, is that doing it with other people makes it fun and cultivates community.” She adds, “The Gear Fix is a great place to hold this event, because their business model is based on keeping outdoor goods out of the landfill through resale and repair, and this is a great opportunity to highlight all the repair services they offer.”

The first Repair Cafe started in 2009 in Amsterdam and has since spread all around the world.  Locally, The Environmental Center organized the first Repair Café in November 2013, and since then over 70 items have been repaired thanks to local skilled volunteers.

Attendees are asked to bring broken items and any replacement parts they think might be needed (or cash to buy some on the spot). There is no guarantee all broken items can be repaired that evening – more research may be needed, a part may need to be ordered – but the volunteers will do their best with what they have.  Food will be available for purchase from the resident food cart at The Gear Fix.

Rethink Waste is a program of The Environmental Center in partnership with Deschutes County Department of Solid Waste, Bend Garbage & Recycling, Deschutes Recycling, High County Disposal and Cascade Disposal.

About the Rethink Waste Project:
The Rethink Waste Project is an initiative to raise awareness about the impact of waste in our community and to engage individuals, families, and businesses in reducing, reusing and recycling waste.  Our educational-based programs provide the tools and resources you need to reduce waste – and rethink the way you think about waste.  To learn more visit www.RethinkWasteProject.org

About The Environmental Center:
The Environmental Center educates and advocates for a sustainable future in Central Oregon.  We believe that sustainability hinges on how we live our daily lives: at home, at school and at work. The Center’s focus areas include educating kids, promoting zero waste, supporting local businesses, and promoting energy efficiency and renewables. To learn more about The Environmental Center, visit online at www.envirocenter.org or at our facility 16 NW Kansas Avenue in Downtown Bend.


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