SUMMIT, NJ - Green Summit, the all-volunteer group dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable living in the Hilltop City, partnered with the Summit Area GreenFaith Circle to host the second Repair Café at Summit's Christ Church, an event that saw fix-it volunteers deliver a 70% repair rate on a variety of household items.

The purpose of the event was to promote the skills of repair and to help keep broken items out of the landfill. The public was encouraged to bring a beloved but broken item to be repaired for free by experts who are also their neighbors. The following repair services were available at this event:

  • plants and gardening advice
  • bicycle repair
  • sewing and textile repair
  • wood and small furniture repair
  • jewelry repair
  • small electronics repair
  • a miscellaneous table that repaired everything else

During the event, Green Summit volunteers received more than 50 repair requests. The few items that were unable to be fixed either needed parts that were unavailable or additional time to complete the job, which the three-hour event could not accommodate.   

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The Repair Café event utilized materials purchased at thrift shops, repurposed projects or parts saved from recycling to complete repairs, with the exception of some new parts that were purchased to repair broken lamps, which was a popular fix.

“This was an amazing event that Green Summit would definitely like to repeat,” said Green Summit event organizer Courtney Cordaro. “Volunteers who made the repairs were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We were able to save many items that would have definitely ended up in the garbage.”

To receive updates about our next 2019 Repair Café event, visit greensummitnj.org. To volunteer for the next Repair Café,  contact GreenSummitNJ@gmail.org.