Infotech Nothing is lost, everything can be repaired: these initiatives that make it possible to consume better

Nothing is lost, everything can be repaired: these initiatives that make it possible to consume better




With his graying beard, thin glasses and checkered shirt, the sixty-year-old looks like Gepetto, but the object that occupies Laurent Le Guyader this afternoon, in this Repair Café (an ephemeral repair workshop) in the center of Paris is not a wooden puppet. It’s a yogurt maker that’s been broken for two years. With his nimble fingers, the electrical technician searches for the origin of the breakdown. He thinks of the capacitor, this “electronic component present in many devices, which ages very badly but just need to be changed”. After his intervention, the machine started to work again, like many of the devices that Laurent has voluntarily repaired for ten years in these free workshops.

“My motivation has never been to make money. I repair because the manufacture of new objects draws on resources which are not infinite »explains this environmental activist who also works at Les Etablis, a “workshop-concept store” opened at the beginning of October in Paris. You can drink a coffee there, buy clothes or have everyday objects repaired, from hair dryers to shoes and jewellery.

A way to restore the reputation of repair, an activity for too long “socially invisible” in the words of sociologists Jérôme Denis and David Pontille, authors of the essay “The Care of Things” (La Découverte, 2022). “In the domestic sphere, maintenance has long been done by women. They are, for example

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