The act of repairing things (or having them repaired by others) has gone woefully out of fashion. It just doesn’t seem to pay anymore. Planned obsolescence and the changed economics brought about by globalization have made buying replacements too cheap and easy.
The result? A throwaway culture that dumps perfectly good resources only to mine the planet for more.
Even when we recycle the resources, we are still engaged in unnecessary waste, as new resources are needed to turn the recycled ones into new products. Of course, recycling is better than disposal, but not good enough when affordable repair is an option.
Interested in joining the new (old) wave? Read The 4th R: REPAIR for tips on buying more fixable stuff and resources on do-it-yourself repair.