On Saturday 16 October we celebrate the fifth edition of International Repair Day, a day to promote and celebrate the value of fixing. 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.
For most types of products we see at community repair events, most of their global warming impact has occurred before they were used for the first time. The carbon emissions from production, that come embodied in imported products, are often called “consumption emissions”. By extending the lives of these products, we lower our consumption emissions over time.
This Bloomberg article “Here’s why ‘right to repair’ gadgets is really a climate issue” is helpful.
We’re currently updating materials for this year’s edition. Check back soon for press release templates and social media materials in additional languages.
Add your event
Are you planning an event for Repair Day 2021? Please submit details by filling this form.
In the lead up to the day, we’ll publish a map and list of all confirmed events.
(View a list of all last year’s submitted events.)
How can you get involved?
We want everyone to be part of Repair Day, online as well as offline. Here are some ideas to get involved on the day:
- Attend a community repair event
- Support a local repair business
- Fix something yourself, or share your skills with others
- Share a picture of your repair (successful or not!) or of a memorable repair
- Join our mailing list for updates
We’re creating new resources to share to announce Repair Day and celebrate it on the day. You’ll be able to use them online and offline to endorse, promote and celebrate Repair Day. Here are some examples from last year, to give you an idea of what you’ll find here soon:
Repair Day Logo
You can access multiple versions of the logo in colour and b&w.
Repair Day – social media cards
We have 6 social media cards for you to choose from, each in two formats: Instagram/Facebook and Twitter
DOWNLOAD CARDS (currently available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Norwegian)
You can suggest an additional language for our social media cards.
You’ll be able to access the poster in colour or customise one in b&w adding your logo.
Are you a repair business?
Join us using any of our social media cards.
You can also post a picture of you fixing, holding the FIXED! poster, like the one above from last year.
Hashtags and messages
We’ll be sharing using #RepairDay. You can also add the word ‘repair’ in your local language as well, such as #Ripara or #Reparatur.
Here are a few suggestions for messages to share:
- Broken is not an option!
- Obey your conscience, disobey the throw-away economy. Repair!
- A fixed thing is a beautiful thing
- Celebrate your Right to Repair
Alert the local media!
We’ll share a template press release you can download and customize (last year’s: ENGLISH – GERMAN) for your local event – make sure you add all the details and send it off to the local media. You can even use it for posting on your blog or social media.