In our grandparents’ time, objects lasted. Shoes were resoled, sheets mended, clothes mended, appliances patched up… This habit has been lost for several decades with the arrival of very cheap products or products designed not to be repairable.
However, in these times of global warming and declining purchasing power, repair allows us to save money, limit the use of raw materials and energy, and reduce our waste. Some also see it as a way of rejecting this excessive consumption.
But between renewing or repairing, the price still remains our main criterion: as soon as the price of the repair exceeds a third of that of the new object, we prefer to buy again… Too bad, because this decision does not take into account the environmental cost! For the moment, if the vast majority of French people say they are convinced by the repair, only a third have used it. Here are some ways to take the plunge.