At Fixable we believe that almost anything can be fixed.
And everything that can be, should be.
THE REASONS BEHIND FIXABLE
Here's the short(ish) version:
We got sick and tired of things breaking when they shouldn't. Printers, appliances, clothing, toys, furniture, mobile devices, luggage, you name it. Fixing this problem is a longer fight, but fight we will (more on that to come). In the meantime, we needed to find ways to repair things...
Because we hate throwing broken but fixable things away. Firstly, there is no "away". That stuff goes into landfill (or is partially recycled if we're lucky), and the world cannot handle more landfill.
Secondly, a lot of what we throw away would be fixable if only we had the tools, parts and know-how. However, in our modern throw-away world many of us have lost the skill or the will to repair things, and many manufacturers don't provide spare parts or repair manuals.
Thirdly, when something breaks or stops working and you manage to repair it and give it new life (either yourself or with someone's help) you genuinely feel as though you've won. You save money. You prolong something's life. You've got one up on dodgy manufacturing. The sense of achievement can be profound. It's a wonderful feeling.
Lastly, we knew that there must be thousands of skilful and resourceful people all over Australia like Artur or like Brendan's father-in-law Jim, who are great at fixing things but don't do it as a job. If only everyone had a way to find the person who lives up the road who could mend their jacket or fix their vacuum cleaner or bicycle. So we decided we'd build a way.
Thanks for reading. (You should also read How Fixable works.) Please register as a fixer if you're good at repairing things, or as a user to hear about our development and launch. And please tell your friends and anyone else who will listen. Because the future is fixable.
Brendan & Artur
And now the longer version of why we're building Fixable:
1. The world is at "peak stuff". So much stuff is produced at such low quality to achieve such cheap prices that we think nothing of throwing something away if it breaks or stops working, or even if we simply get sick of it. The world can't take our level of consumption much longer. In 2007 the Story of Stuff (storyofstuff.org) told us that over one third of the earth's resources were consumed in the previous 3 decades alone. And now a report from the Conference Board (conference-board.org) cites one estimate that use of global natural resources is expected to more than double between 2015 and 2050, from 85 to 186 billion tons annually. Get your head around that?! Of course a huge amount of this is made into stuff that ends up in landfill, or worse, our oceans and natural environment. Too many people seem happy to be head-in-sand about this, so the rest of us need to act.
2. There are thousands of clever people out there who have amazing skills at fixing things but can’t or don't do it as a job. So much latent, un(der)utilised talent. A lot of them are older Australians because for various reasons we younger generations (I think we still qualify as younger) don't seem interested in doing it any more or are just no good with our hands. We like the idea of doing something to help put these skills to use, and we like the idea of connecting people, especially across generations, via something that is good for society and the environment.
3. There are thousands of people out there who want to get things fixed but there are limited convenient ways to do it.
- The repair industry has been slowly dying due to the prevalence of cheap replacements, the costs/risks of running a small business, and of course mass marketing that pushes the compulsion to have the latest/newest everything. On that, stop and consider what are the things you own that you really love, the things that you cherish and enjoy? If you think about it, they’re almost never new.
- Repair Cafés (repaircafe.org or search on FB), "men's sheds" and similar community groups are popping up around the place and they are really, really great (we definitely recommend going along some time if you can) but there just aren't many of them yet, they're not convenient to everyone, and while they have volunteers who can fix many things, they can't fix everything.
- Retailers and manufacturers rarely offer repair services or spare parts because they want us to buy replacements as it means more $$ for them. Kudos to the few who do.
4. Along the way, maybe, just maybe, we can help change people's purchasing paradigm to buying only durable and repairable items that will last them 10+ years. And maybe, a massive maybe, we can force manufacturers, or force governments to force manufacturers, to produce more durable and repairable products.
So let's repair instead of replace. The future is fixable.