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Swap, Share, Repair

​The Share Reuse Repair Initiative (SRRI) brings together government, business and community innovators to build a culture and economy of sharing, reuse and repair in the Greater Vancouver region in order to prevent waste, support lighter living and enable circular innovation   The SRRI has three key functions: to collaboratively test promising prototypes; to build a more consistent foundation of support through policy, funding and partnerships; and to amplify existing efforts while catalyzing positive new innovation.

The sharing economy describes how peer-to-peer technology and changing economic and environmental values are dramatically altering the fundamental questions - who, what, where, when and how - related to the production and consumption of goods and services. These and other factors are driving a growing number of sharing economy companies, consumers, and people-as-businesses to choose shared access over ownership for an increasing number of goods and services.

These resources will help you start your own repair cafe!

  • Outreach Tips (offered as a guide or checklist)
  • Basic Supplies List (an outline of what’s most useful to have on hand)
  • Volunteer Descriptions Pamphlet
  • Steps to Starting a Repair Café – 2014 Workshop Powerpoint
  • Detailed Steps & Questions to Consider when starting a Repair Café (developed by Pittsfield MA Repair Café)

We’ve been talking about the sharing economy for over a decade, and even in the face of regulatory backlash, it shows few signs of slowing down. Alternative forms of employment characteristic of the gig economy have become so mainstream, few of us think twice about hopping into a stranger’s car…or even inhabiting someone else’s home thanks to the mobile apps that connect us. What forces continue to power the sharing economy and how has it changed all these years later? Experts Carlo Ratti and Rachel Botsman weigh in.


From power tools, to camping equipment to children toys — for the past five years, the Toronto Tool Library and the Sharing Depot have loaned out over 65,000 items. Torontonians can borrow any of these items the same way one can borrow a book from the library.

However, the sharing network that has helped city residents build, borrow and fix is now in need of a helping hand itself.

A new Metro Vancouver app will do your Christmas shopping for you.

Well, not really, but the regional government’s Merry Memory Maker app is bursting with dozens of creative ideas that could prevent you from aimlessly wandering the malls in search of something special. The ideas for experienced-based or long-lasting gifts are designed to reduce waste and garbage.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are home and building supply stores that accept and resell quality new and used building materials. Shopping at a Habitat ReStore is a socially conscious decision, as funds generated are used to fund local Habitat for Humanity homebuilding projects. As well, shopping at a Habitat ReStore is an environmentally conscious decision, as much of what is sold is product that is new, gently used or customer returns that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.


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