Repair Café Palo Alto
What do you do when you’ve got something you like but it no longer works? Throw it out and buy a new one? Stick it in the attic, the basement or under the stairs? Pay to get it fixed? Fix it yourself?
Chances are you toss it out. Or maybe you store it away until that magical day when you can figure out what to do with it. Right.
Consider this: In 1960, each person in the US generated 2.68 pounds of waste per day. By 2000, the average was 4.65 pounds per day. This is the most in the world.
We’ve established the Repair Café Palo Alto to give you another option. The Repair Café Palo Alto is a volunteer-run, community service dedicated to encouraging the repair and reuse of goods rather than relegating them to landfill.
The first Repair Café was started in Amsterdam in 2009. Since then, over 30 Repair Cafés have sprouted up in Europe. Others are forming elsewhere around the world.
The Repair Café Palo Alto is affiliated with the Repair Café Foundation in the Netherlands. We are the first Repair Café to become operational in the United States. (Though we are affiliated with the Repair Café Foundation, we are self-funded and operate independently.) Learn more about the Repair Café Foundation in the Netherlands: www.repaircafe.org
DEADLINE IS JANUARY 31!
The Grants Program offers two tiers of funding: (1) 4R’s Grants (up to $25,000) and (2) Mini-Grants ($1,000 to $5,000). The purpose of the grants is to help eligible entities (nonprofits, schools, or government agencies) create, implement, and expand programs that promote reuse, waste reduction, recycling, and composting or education about these environmental issues in San Mateo County. "
Share your favorite ways to reuse and recycle!
Please feel free to pass along efforts and organizations who are committed to helping reduce our "contributions" to landfill. Supporting these groups adds to their effectiveness. One great example is Recology, an organization that recycles materials, offers internships, tours, and working space for artists.
May 12 [Saturday]
All events run from 11 am to 3pm
Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto
Other local Repair Cafés in 2018:
Repair Café Mountain View
Sunday, January 21,1:00 to 5:00 pm, Coyote Grange Hall, 8140 Monterey Rd, Coyote (So San Jose), CA 95013
SATURDAY, March 31 - 11 am to 3 pm, Mountain View Senior Center 266 Escuela Avenue
Sunday April 22 - Noon to 4 pm, Sunnyvale Public Library (665 W. Olive Ave. Sunnyvale, CA)
Contact: Maia - firstname.lastname@example.org
KPIX visits the Repair Cafe in February:
iFixit joined us and filmed this:
Repair Café thanks GREENWASTE for donation of a new tools and supplies trailer.