Stories of stuff and another successful repair cafe

Our Resources & Waste group recently hosted their second repair cafe event at Community Art Works. It was another fun and productive afternoon looking at many different things needing repair. Collaboration and sharing ideas were key themes of the day, as shown in the photo below. 

It was wonderful to be able to draw on the many treasures at Community Art Works, just waiting for the opportunity to be given a new purpose. Things we found a use for included red tape, glue, an old CD, a leather sample and various scraps of fabric. Thanks so much to Faye and Community Art Works for hosting the repair café and sharing your resources with us.

For next year, we are keen to continue and expand this repair cafe, complementing other initiatives in Nelson, including the Repair Cafe Tahunanui, now meeting at Restore every Tuesday morning. We’ve found that collecting stories has been valuable in finding out more about reuse and repair in Nelson and would love it if you could share your stories too. 


Stories of stuff - understanding resources and waste

Waste of resources has many detrimental impacts on our community, including contributing to increasing emissions directly from landfill and indirectly in the extraction, production, transport and disposal of items.

We are interested in your stories about the stuff you have - what lasts, what doesn’t, where we need to look for other options. We will use this information to build our understanding of sources of waste in our community. This will help in our work to set up local solutions and campaign for regional and national changes. Complete this survey to share your stories of stuff with us. It should only take about 10 minutes to complete, and it will remain open until early in the new year.

The Reuse and Repair Action Group would also welcome more members to be part of this work. Please let Julie Evans know (message via Ning or email if you are interested. We’ll set up a meeting in January to review what we've learnt from our experiences in 2020 and the survey responses then plan what next.