Community repair: a pop-up alternative to the throwaway society


RUDE Girl mending the purple check flannelette shirt at Mend It, Melton on 8 April, 2017

Us RUDE Guys will head off to Mend It, Melton [MIM] this Saturday 13th May, 2017. We are collaborating with a local organisation to deliver our community’s unique model of mend and make do.

MIM was launched late last year, with a small mending event, at our local railway station in Melton, Victoria, Australia.  The event this weekend is our second for 2017.  MIM has scheduled monthly events up until the end of the year.

You can check out all about MIM and see the photos and videos on Facebook at

The re-blogged article below is recommended reading and validates why Rude Record is involved in the not-so-quiet repair revolution.  Beat The Man!!

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By Christine Cole, Nottingham Trent University and Alex Gnanapragasam, Nottingham Trent University

A not-so-quiet repair revolution is taking place in communities across Britain. Consumers, fed up with having to throw away broken phones, toasters and other appliances, are instead meeting to learn how to repair them and to extend the lifetime of their products. These repair “pop-up parties”, where like-minded people can improve or learn new skills in a supportive environment, can prevent still-useful products from ending up in the bin, while saving money.

Advances in technology and new applications, combined with faster product obsolescence, means that electrical and electronic equipment make up one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. The growing demand for these products is also driving unprecedented levels of resource extraction to keep up with increased rates of manufacturing of everyday goods – something that the planet can hardly support.

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Stay Cool

Stay Cool

It has been a long very hot four days in Melbourne, Australia with temperatures over 40 degrees celsius. A question was asked of me on my Facebook group Bowerbirds Journal about electricity costs when operating a 1970s air conditioner.

As Danny and I are against consuming too much of anything, we are mindful of our electricity consumption. Firstly was have an old air conditioner because we rarely turn it on. Maybe two or three times a year for over a decade.

This year it has been used four days in a row. A day where the temperature is say 35 degrees we will not turn it on but to have a period of heat over 40 degrees we deemed it necessary for some relief. We shut the door to two adjoining rooms and stayed in this space for the hot spell except to go to bed at night. Then we turned off the unit as we sleep well in the heat.

Our electricity bill will be higher but not excessive because we are careful with usage and keep cooling temperature not too low. As with everything we do we treat it like a fun game of Monopoly but our game is titled Balance and Beat the Man. For us it is all about balance. This is how our Balance Beat the Man games works.

We had to consume more electricity over the last four days therefore we off set the additional energy/cost with not using the car and petrol/gas. We stayed at home, used energy for cooling but saved on energy elsewhere, including our own physical energy which is a good health investment in extremes of heat.

The only planned obsolescence for this unit was human related not appliance part malfunction. National would have planned that within 10 years of purchase the homeowner would have simply replaced this unit for a newer, more efficient, sleeker looking model.

Of course National had no idea that Danny and I would be grateful for the workmanship in this air conditioner and care for it for 40 years!

So what’s all this got to do with shorts and my legs. Nothing and everything but you be the judge. Seriously, I wore these light cotton shorts for four days because they are cool and comfortable. They were RE-scued from point of landfill a couple of years ago. Cost $0.00

And my legs like the air conditioner have had a long life. These foundations have not been replaced in over 50 years but there is certainly planned obsolescence factored in by the manufacturer.