Who are we?
The Restart Project is a London-based social enterprise and volunteer-driven movement to encourage and empower people to use their electronics longer and better in order to reduce waste and radically transform our relationship with technology.
We run and inspire others to run community electronics repair events called Restart Parties, where volunteers help participants learn how to repair their broken electronics, and rethink how they consume them in the first place. And we use the data and stories we collect to help demand better, more sustainable electronics for all.
Though we started locally with hands-on community activities, our mission is big: to “fix” our throw-away relationship with electronics, so that we become happier and more sustainable.
Since 2019, The Restart Project co-leads with partners a Right to Repair Campaign (https://repair.eu) pushing for the Right to repair in Europe, where there are now some key opportunities to develop and influence policy. The campaign now has 100 member organisations across 20 European countries, including environmental NGOs, community repair networks, businesses in the repair and reuse fields and more.
Help us speed progress towards ambitious EU repair regulations, and fight against premature obsolescence!
This is an exciting time to be campaigning for repair. There’s increasing attention on the Right to repair worldwide, with more people concerned about premature obsolescence, recognising the need for better regulation that requires longer lasting and more repairable products.
In the past two years repairability criteria became mandatory in Europe for some household appliances, smartphones and batteries. This is just the beginning. A lot more needs to happen to make all future products more repairable and built to last and you can help us make this shift happen!
Start date: As soon as possible