Self-driven product repair carried out by users can be supported via the product.
Repairs can prolong the product lifespan. This can be motivated by user economy, ideology and/or emotional attachment to a product.
- User skills might be limited.
- It can be difficult to get hold of spare parts.
- Users might experience lack of motivation.
- Inexpensive items may not motivate repair.
- Online communities for all types of repair is a growing phenomenon such as ifixit.com.
- Websites where users share very basic craft skills for repairing clothes, such as on Lifehacker.
- Christopher Ræburn’s remade-reduced-recycled initiative has created the Ræburn Repair’s open day, where customers can bring items for repair free of charge.
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