Hounslow Council is supporting London’s first ever Repair Week from 12-17 October.
Published: Monday, 12th October 2020
The first ever Repair Week, organised by London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB), brings together Local Authorities from across the capital to celebrate the importance of repair and to share resources across one easy platform londonrecycles.co.uk/repair-week/.
From October 12-17, Repair Week will feature a range of online panel discussions, engaging video content, virtual repair workshops, discounts and social media activity. The full programme of events and offers is available on the Repair week website.
New research commissioned by the London Recycles campaign has revealed that Londoners are eager to repair and re-use things, with over two thirds (69 per cent) stating they would repair more of their household items and possessions if they knew how. It also found that 40 per cent of Londoners are not confident about making common household repairs. Repair Week will help more people learn how to keep items like clothing, bikes, furniture and electricals in use for longer. Currently, 45 per cent of global carbon emissions comes from producing the stuff we use every day, so keeping things in use for longer is an important part of tackling the climate crisis.
Many residents used the coronavirus lockdown to finally tackle repairs around the home or embark on a creative upcycle project, we hope that residents will use repair week to help others get inspired by sharing their own repair or upcycle projects or their favourite local repair business, by using the hashtag #RepairWeekLDN and #LocalRepairHeroes on social media.
There are plenty of ways to get inspired and start repairing in Hounslow including;
- DIY repair videos created by Coalo, council-owned facilities management company.
- Free cycle health checks from Dr Bike.
- Repair and refashion your clothes with Love Your Clothes.
- Hounslow Adult and Community Education Courses.
Cllr Guy Lambert, Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Companies said:
“I’m delighted that Hounslow is supporting London’s first ever Repair Week. Our residents are already fantastic at recycling but it’s vital that we all work towards reducing our waste. There are plenty of useful resources to help people find the inspiration to give things a second lease of life and help to save money with simple DIY repairs around the home.
“Keeping our things in use for longer helps make a positive contribution to the environment, reducing our carbon footprint, while helping to keep the borough clean and tidy by not littering or dumping unwanted items.”
For more information on what Hounslow Council is doing to reduce waste and celebrate Repair Week visit our repair week webpage.
For more information on London Recycles, Repair Week, including a full programme of live virtual events and videos from across London visit the London Recycles website.