International Repair Day is a joint initiative of the Open Repair Alliance, which is celebrated annually every third Saturday of October.
We want to make repair as visible as possible. This day seeks to highlight the value of the repair culture, and to promote global community efforts to fix the stuff we own.
This year we will be celebrating the importance of repair on Saturday 20th October 2018. Along with promoting the value of fixing, this year’s International Repair Day will focus on our Right to Repair: our right to access information and resources needed for repair, and the need for products to be more durable, efficient and repairable.
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.
During the first edition of Repair Day, in 2017, 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.
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 to promote their work, and also inspire companies to show support for repair, sharing information, tools or spare parts.