Repair it!

Don't replace it! Don't get the new one! Repair IT!

When was the last time you repaired something? If you are like me, it's been a while. Living in Portland, there are a ton of people mending and fixing and buying used - but we are not the norm in the United States. Frankly, most of us don't need new things most of the time. When we do decide to buy new, it's often due to the planned obsolescence of the items we are compelled to purchase.

We are being constantly taught by our profit focused culture to buy buy buy! This has driven the market toward the production of products that are designed to be thrown away shortly after purchase. 

We throw away 99% of everything we buy within 6 months.

That is insane. 

Do you buy things because you need something new? Do you buy things because you want to appear differently than you do now? Do you buy things because you need it, or because you have been taught to? Who is really making the decisions in your life?

When we repair something, we make repairing things cool. We start to buy things that can be repaired, and the companies will respond with products that can be fixed if that is what we purchase.