Join the Rethink Waste Project for our first weekend Repair Cafe at the High Desert Maker Mill! We’ll have volunteer fixers on hand to repair your broken items, for free! A Repair Cafe connects people with broken stuff, with people that like to fix stuff. Repairing instead of replacing prevents waste and saves resources. Doing it with other people makes it fun and cultivates community! Items to bring include:
- Small appliances
- Clothing (just repairs, no alterations please)
- Outdoor Gear
- Small furniture
- Repairs requiring welding
- Ski and snowboard tuning
- If you’re not sure, bring it!
Other fun things happening at the Fall Repair Cafe
- America Recycles Day: This event is being held in conjunction with America Recycles Day, a nationwide initiative to encourage Americans to recycle. We’ll have info and take home flyers to get your family or coworkers on board to Recycle Right!
- Maker Mill Community Festival: In addition to the 2 day repair cafe opportunities to get your broken items fixed, the High Desert Maker Mill will be hosting a weekend of demonstrations and activities that highlight all that this new maker space has to offer the community. Stay tuned to their Meetup page to get details as they finalize.
- Bend Energy Challenge DIY Door Draft Stoppers: Get crafty with our Bend Energy Challenge Americorps crew to make your very own door draft stopper! All supplies will be provided, however if you want to use specific fabric/colors to match your interior, come prepared with your own. Check out these great examples of draft stoppers (also known as “door snakes”)
If you have questions about this event, or are interested in becoming a volunteer fixer, please contact denise by email or phone, (541)385-6908 x14
Free Rethink Waste Community Presentation
The Rethink Waste Project is available to present to your organization, business, club or neighborhood group, ideas to prevent waste, tips for choosing reuse, how to recycle right in Bend, and all the options available to compost locally.
See the culmination of different youth groups and classrooms’ work as they repurposed discarded, leftover and trash items into a community reclaimed art project to encourage people to Rethink Waste. The Art of Recycling has been on display throughout Central Oregon and is now available for schools, businesses and organizations to set up temporarily to highlight their waste reduction efforts. Contact us to borrow this display!