Green Minute
9:56 am
Thu January 30, 2014

The Green Minute: Reduce, Reuse, Repair

An example of DIY repair: Desoldering using a vacuum plunger (blue, right) and a soldering iron (yellow, left).
Credit Mysid

Reduce, reuse and recycle — or the three Rs — are well known as the pathway to green. But there is an R that has been routinely left out. The R for REPAIR.

Unlike our grandparents, we regularly replace items rather than opting to fix things. While their motto was, “use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”, we’ve relegated our broken stuff to the trash pile.

With these simple thoughts in mind, an entire community of fixers united, and a website devoted to posting repair manuals for everything under the sun was born. Ifixit.com's  goal is to provide everything you need to fix things yourself.

You can fix it. And they make it easy. They help thousands of people repair their devices every day. And every time you fix something, you help the planet by keeping hardware out of landfills. So start your repairs and extend the life of things, while saving money and the planet.