Most of us tend to discard any device that has stopped working properly. We forget any notion of fixing it; we just go out and buy a new one.
It’s time to rethink this ‘throw-it-away-buy-a-new-one’ response that is now more common than ever.
I advocate strongly in the manufacture of electronics that are user repairable, with universal parts and common power supply systems; items that are durable and versatile as well as upgrade-able for many years to come.
This has motivated me to currently offer, free of charge, the simple repairs and returns of electronics, and free collections of electronics to re-purpose for new users.
My dream is one day Winnipeg will have a fully established technical repair and exchange depot. The shop would be a place to learn to repair and purchase recycled electronics, all with affordability in mind.
Items that can be cleaned up, repaired and recycled include phones, wearable electronics, cameras and even small appliances such as toasters.
If anyone is interested in further communications on the idea of this kind of electronics makerspace, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.