This week (12 – 18 October) we have been thrilled to help launch London’s inaugural Repair Week which celebrates and showcases examples of and opportunities to reduce throwaway culture by encouraging repairing across the capital.
A survey carried out by London Recycles challenged assumptions that Gen Z are more likely to be the throwaway generation, showing that 85% of 18-24-year olds have repaired their possessions in the last year, compared to just 47% of over 55s. The survey also showed that 69% of Londoners would repair more if they knew how to.
The week is supported by more than 50 business partners, organisations and councils across the capital who will be hosting repair themed online and in-person events throughout the week, including Currys PC World, Save Your Wardrobe, The Restart Project and more than 25 of London’s councils. This comes ahead of International Repair Day on Saturday the 17 October.
If you want to find out more about simple repairs you can make to help reduce throwaway culture, or if you’re interested in your business being involved in future, please visit https://londonrecycles.co.uk/repair-week/ and check out #RepairWeekLDN across social media.
As big supporters of the repair and reuse culture here at Forster we’ve tried a whole range of activities, from hosting a swishing session and inviting our neighbours to join our fashion revolution to working with pioneering clients who want to change the status quo:
- Patagonia’s Worn Wear extends the life of clothes we already own
- Selfridges offer repair, refill, rental and resale services as part of their Project Earth commitments
- The reGAIN app is tackling fast fashion
- London’s Circular Economy Week is helping business to close the loop in the capital
Get in touch if you’d like to chat about your ambitions and how we can turn them into action.