The Restart Project

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Mission Statement

The Restart Project is a people-powered social enterprise that aims to fix our relationship with electronics.

We run regular Restart Parties where people teach each other how to repair their broken and slow devices – from tablets to toasters, from iPhones to headphones. We work with schools and organisations to help them value and use their electronics for longer. And we use the data and stories we collect to help demand better, more sustainable electronics for all.
The Restart Project was born in 2013 out of our frustration with the throwaway, consumerist model of electronics that we’ve been sold, and the growing mountain of e-waste that it’s leaving behind. By bringing people together to share skills and gain the confidence to open up their stuff, we give people a hands-on way of making a difference, as well as a way to talk about the wider issue of what kind of products we want.

We’re based in London, UK, but our message, and our parties, are spreading across the world. Our motto is: don’t despair, just repair!

Description

Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in Europe. While recycling is important, we intervene before disposal – inspiring people to buy for longevity and to divert electronics from waste.
Through community and workplace events we create engaging opportunities to extend the lifespan of electronics and electrical equipment. We spread our message through public speaking.
Our community repair events are called “Restart Parties”, and people across the world are replicating them with our advice.
Registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), the organisation is a “social startup” trading to sustain itself and to expand its impact.
The Restart Project has been recognised as Talk Talk Digital Heroes, and by the Nominet Trust 100, London Sustainable Development Commission, Transition Network, Unltd, Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme and featured on BBC, CNN, The Telegraph and other international media.

Program Details

Inspire and educate
We aim to provide students and teachers with valuable repair skills, and the materials to embed repair in schools. We also stimulate wider discussion about better, sustainable products with our podcast.
Change the system
We are collecting data on barriers to repair with repair activists from around the world. And we use this evidence to push for longer-lasting products and our Right to repair in future policy
Promote local action and connection
We provoke people to think, talk, and get hands-on experience. In addition to enabling more communities to share repair skills, we want to stimulate local repair economies by mapping and linking with businesses.
Primary Issue
Pollution
Address
3Space International House
London, null SW97QD
United Kingdom
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