Repair Day 16-10-2021

About International Repair Day

International Repair Day is a joint initiative of the Open Repair Alliance, celebrated every year on the third Saturday of October.

In 2021, Repair Day will take place on Saturday 16th October. Find more information about this year’s celebration here.

The theme for this year’s edition is “Repair Lowers Carbon Emissions”, in response to the recent, alarming IPCC report on the climate and the UN Climate Negotiations coming up in November.

Celebrate Repair Day

Check out our resources and get involved! There are many things you can do to celebrate International Repair Day: from attempting to fix something yourself to dropping by a local shop and get your devices back to life. We want everyone to take pride in fixing their things, and to motivate fixers – enthusiasts and professionals – to share their repair skills and get others involved.

Global Repair Day events

How are you going to celebrate? Are you planning an event or an activity for Repair Day?  Please submit it with this form and we’ll add it to the global list of confirmed events.

Below is a map of events listed so far for 2021:

Online events

Event Date Hosted by
What Does It Mean to Care and Repair? Sat 16th Repair Acts (Brazil, India, United Kingdom) more info
Repair Café Aotearoa NZ: launch event Sat 16th Repair Café Aotearoa NZ (Aotearoa / New Zealand) more info
Obsolescenza programmata: è ora di cambiare paradigma. Soluzioni per la riduzione dei rifiuti Sat 16th RepairCafePerugia – RifiutiZeroUmbria – MarcheaRifiutiZero – CittadinanzaAttiva Ascoli Piceno (Italy) more info
Meet and Share on Zoom Sun 17th Mend It, Australia Check @menditaussie (Twitter/Instagram) the day before the event
Making every Day Repair Day > with Intention, Policy, and Standards Thu 21st TUV Rheinland (Germany) more info


Download our 2021 Repair Day resources to promote the day: social media cards, posters and more.

Why Repair Day?

We want to make repair as visible as possible. This day highlights the value of repair and promotes global community efforts to fix the stuff we own.

During previous editions of Repair Day, we witnessed great interest and sharing through social media, where people posted their repair events and stories, and we heard from fixers and community repair events across the world, from the UK to Spain, Iran, Argentina or the US. In 2020, the focus was on #RepairIsEssential, with increased interest from the global press and from independent repairers.

International Repair Day also presents an opportunity to further promote community repair events globally: motivating active groups, encouraging new ones to emerge, and inspiring citizens to share their skills as volunteers.

Beyond repairing in the community, this day can help independent repair shops promote their work, and also inspire companies to show support for repair, sharing information, tools or spare parts.