iFixit.com is the world’s largest online repair community, with user-friendly repair guides and a discussion forum. Things break. You drop your iPod, trip over your laptop’s power cord, or your display wears out. Wear and tear is normal, but throwing away almost-functional devices shouldn’t be. The goal of iFixit is to provide you with everything you need to fix things yourself. They help thousands of people repair their devices every day. Every time you fix something, you help the planet by keeping hardware out of landfills.
Kyle Wiens, co-founder and CEO of iFixit.com, was be the keynote speaker for ReuseConex 2012 in Portland, Oregon. In his key note address, Kyle discussed the importance of repair and reuse in the context of community building and sustainability. He says, “Often, a ten-minute repair is all that it takes to save something from a landfill. Although you might know how to patch a hole in a pair of jeans, maybe you don’t know how to change an iPod battery. When we share repair knowledge, we all have more power over what happens to our stuff. At iFixit, we’ve created the world’s largest online repair community, with intuitive step-by-step repair guides and a repair discussion forum. We want to unite users around repair, which is why I’m excited to share ideas with other reuse communities at ReuseConex.”
NextStep is an electronics reuse organization doing its part to mitigate the e-waste crisis by promoting the reuse/refurbishing of as many of the computer donations received as possible. The environmental benefits accrued when a computer (or any electronic device) is reused are much higher than when recycled. Their “waste-based” nonprofit offers a triple bottom line benefit (people, planet, profit) locally, nationally and internationally. Founded in 2002, NextStep meets its mission to provide technology and training to people who have barriers to employment and education and protecting the environment from hazardous waste – all through electronics reuse. To date, NextStep has refurbished over 28,000 computers, offered job and social skills training to over 9000 individuals and placed technology in 47 US states and 21 international rural communities.