From July to November this year, NLWA will be holding a series of free repair, reuse and upcycling events, in collaboration with Groundwork London and a number of other local bodies and experts that specialise in thinking outside the box when it comes to tired or broken home items and furnishings.
The events which are available to residents in Barnet, Camden, Enfield Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest aim to give residents in NLWA's constituent boroughs the opportunity to learn new skills that help them repair items in their home or refresh them by upcycling them into something useful and new.
So much of what we buy these days tends to not last, break down or rely on trends and NLWA seeks to challenge the culture of disposability we've become accustomed to. We want to encourage people to think about the carbon footprint of buying new items vs repurposing something they already own, by inviting them to take a more long term approach to their belongings and not seek to replace them the moment they're no longer fashionable or have suffered minor damage.
The repair events help people gain the ability to fix furnishing problems in order to reduce planned obsolescence, prolong the life of second hand items, express creativity and minimise waste when something can be repaired instead of being thrown away.