Action carried out on a deffective product by the user or by a specialist in order to restore its functionality.
Repair can prolong the product lifespan. It can be motivated by user economy, ideology and/or emotional attachment to a product.
- User skills and motivation might be limited.
- It can be difficult to get hold of spare parts, and overall product structure might discourage repair initiatives
- The lack of economic incentives associated with inexpensive items may not motivate repair.
- The lack of knowledgeable specialists proposing repair services.
- Online communities for all types of repair is a growing phenomenon such as ifixit.com , while Repair Cafes bring people together physically around skills sharing and repair.
- The Restart Project teaches Londonians how to fix their items, and how to consume them in the first place.
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