Next Avenue: Why do we trash things that can be fixed? Assert your ‘right to repair.’

by | Oct 7, 2022 | Stock Market

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. When something breaks these days — your watch, the vacuum cleaner, the dreaded wonky computer printer — it is often not cost effective (or even possible) to have it fixed.

This frustrates me on several levels, particularly the thoughtless, continual replacing of stuff that is not sustainable for the planet; unnecessary expense when prices are soaring; and finally, the apparently wildly unrealistic expectation that items will last for more than a year. (For the record, this is not an “OK Boomer” kind of rant. Being forced to replace things because of “planned obsolescence” is real.) See: Better than recycling? These manufacturers are taking part in a ‘circular economy’Magic with needle and thread During the pandemic, I noticed that the seat cushions on my favorite couch appeared threadbare, with the foam stuffing actually poking through in places. I flipped them over only to be reminded of a past cat’s freestyle shredding. Since this was a sofa with “good bones” I sought quotes to have it reupholstered; the estimates took my breath away — they were almost as high as the cost of a new piece. I had already looked at “new” options that were within my budget, but they all were hideous, expensive and seemingly made from empty cereal boxes. Finally, a friend suggested I contact a tailor. Using fabric from an extra throw cushion I provided, this heavenly magician mended all the damage (even from the cat!) and the stitching is virtually invisible. I was beyond delighted and the p …

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