2021 Report: A model for a city-wide repair economy
In November 2021, Remade Network is three years old.
In our latest report we hope to show how the project has come about, what its impact is, and give some ideas about how the model can be replicated in other cities and locations.
Why we do it
We live in a society that currently consumes three planets’ worth of resources to sustain its way of life. Increasingly, we’re waking up to the fact that this causes suffering, unprecedented levels of pollution, and affects the poorest communities – those who contribute least to the problem – worst.
Our alternative is both radical and practical – challenging consumerism through creating new markets in repair education.
This means learning from the people we work with, valuing the voices of the dispossessed, and embracing the creativity and resourcefulness of some of the poorest communities in the ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ worlds, including indigenous communities.
We work in strategic partnerships with local authorities and development trusts by invitation from local communities. All the wealth we generate stays within the community, creating both jobs and training opportunities through resilient social enterprise models. Repair creates 10 times as many jobs as recycling.
Want to develop repair social enterprises with us? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Tackling Digital Inclusion
Every year an estimated 2 million tonnes of WEEE items are discarded by householders and companies in the UK.
The COVID-19 pandemic proved particularly challenging for individuals facing digital isolation due to low income, low IT literacy, and other barriers that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
We believe in harnessing the value of quality unwanted tech, delivering refurbishing devices to charities and community groups supporting individuals without access to digital devices. By doing this individuals are empowered to access key services online.