Simple Repair Corner
We are so happy to feature Natasza who presented the project titled, Simple Repair Corner, at our event on September 1, 2019! Read more about the project below:
Simple Repair Corner is a physical space in the center where people can come and repair their clothes by themselves, with a guidance from an amateur who knows the basics. For it is basics we are talking about here, things that everyone could do if they had the tools and a little extra motivation, like a social opportunity. Lots of clothes are being tossed away due to minor imperfections. You will not fatigue yourself with submitting it to a tailor, that’s an overkill. But who has a needle or the right color of thread, or a spare zipper? This place is open daily from 16 to 19, because it uses the opening hours of a cafe or a library. The push to use it is your favorite sweater getting a hole, or your the news about the gigantic carbon footprint the clothing industry has. The pull is the welcoming, casual atmosphere and a cup of fair trade coffee, showing that you care about minimizing the burden your consumption creates on the ecosystem. I know some organizations are trying to create a monthly events for repairs. But often they suffer from the shortage of professionals to guide the repairs. We are talking about simple repairs that don’t require a skilled volunteer, but anyone who’s tried it once before can give you a hand if you’re unsure. There is no sign up, no fee, just a simple drop-in. Simplicity and cooperation with an existing venue, volunteer input and the warm feeling you get from achieving something by yourself and in a company of others who understand the importance of the little stuff.
Why does this idea matter to you?
I am a dedicated person and deeply worried about overconsumption. As an economic major, I support the ideas of circular and ecological economics and dream of being a part of this transition on a bigger scale, not only my own household.
How will you idea make Oslo a better place?
Oslo yearns for more opportunities to go circular, meaning reusing its resources. It lifts the morale of our citizens by sending a clear signal to the population: we want to help you saving your children’s future standard of living. It is a symbol.
How will you use the micro-grant funding to realize your concept?
The grant would be used to buy secondhand sewing machine and other most basic clothing repair tools. It would be used for spreading the information, receiving physical donations like more varied set of colors of threads, patches and yarns, and a bigger number of participants.
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