ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

REDUCE WASTE

The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but consumes 30% of the world’s resources and creates 30% of the world’s waste.

 

NYC generates 14 million tons of trash every year, more than any other city in the world – and has committed to zero waste by 2030.

 

Fixup has diverted 10,000lb so far since we began fixing in 2013. 

PREVENT UNNECESSARY PRODUCTION

In addition to emissions from landfill, the more significant greenhouse gas costs of our habits of consumption lies in the resources and energy used to manufacture and distribute new stuff. For every one garbage can of waste you put out on the curb, 70 garbage cans of waste were made upstream to make the junk in that one garbage can you put out on the curb. Click here to learn more from Annie Leonard's "The Story of Stuff."

Fixup has repaired over 2,000 items since 2013, which means over 2,000 new things didn't have to be produced.

 

SOCIAL IMPACT

LOCAL JOBS

By extending the life cycle of an object, we create value and jobs for communities and individuals. We have employed over 30 local fixers and artisans since we started Fixup. 

TRAINING

We are launching an apprentice program in Spring 2018 thanks to support  from the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board in partnership with Citizens Committee for NYC and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. More details coming soon!

BUSINESS INNOVATION

As a society, we have become accustomed to always making and buying – and discarding – more stuff. By reinvigorating repair, we create an alternative model for growth. We operate within the circular economy (as opposed to the linear model of single use consume and dispose) to create value beyond the point of sale.

MAKE IT EASY

We began by operating small repair shops in New York neighborhoods: in storefronts, at farmer’s markets, with partner businesses and organizations. Our shops have sparked an enormous response from our customers, from the communities we reach, and in the press. We have learned that people are hungry for repair services, eager to re-think the way we buy and spend, and willing to spend their money to take care of the things they have. We help make it easier. 

OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH STUFF

30 – 40 years ago, the food movement took off in this country. People began realizing that the systems of large scale, cheap food production were damaging to our health, both environmentally and personally.

 

Today, the landscape of “stuff” consumption is undergoing a similar transformation. Just like the food we put into our body, the things we bring into our home affect our health and our happiness.

 

INDIVIDUAL IMPACT

Learn why repair is important to FIXUP Founder, Sandra Goldmark

Read more about Fixup (formerly Pop Up Repair) in the news.