Day 20: Pop Up Repair

Outfit Look Day 20

Today I paired my dress with my ripped jeans and my black pointy heels. I've had these heels for over 8 years now and they have been one of my go-to dress-up shoes since I purchased them all that time ago. 

I've kept them in good shape by taking them to my local cobbler for minor repair and cleanings which has extended the life of these shoes far past what they probably would have lasted. 

Not so long ago, repairing was something we all did. There were people in our community who knew how to fix things and it was a natural process of ownership. But over the last few decades, repairing as declined because products (from toasters to shoes and clothing) have become so cheap that it is often more economical to just buy something new. This is an intentional design and manufacturing process called "planned obsolescence."  

Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence in industrial design and economics is a policy of planning or designing a product with an artificially limited useful life, so it will become obsolete (that is, unfashionable or no longer functional) after a certain period of time.

Recently, one of our Be Zero Community followers sent a fantastic link to a website of a business called Pop Up Repair. Pop Up Repair opens short term repair shops for household items of all kinds: lamps, chairs, appliances, jewelry, clothing, toys, and more.

What would happen if we started repairing things again - our toasters, vacuum cleaners, and air conditioning units instead of casting them aside and replacing them altogether?  Watch this video and find out!