Do You Repair Or Replace?



With the tide of public opinion turning against the likes of single use plastics, it’s only natural that we’d start to look at other areas where we’re being too quick to bin something rather than trying to repair it.

In an article for the Guardian, Coco Khan talks about how people in the Millennial generation have grown up with this throwaway culture, cultivated by single-use items and no doubt manufacturers building in obsolescence to their products.

She noted that although this generation has encouraged the throwaway culture we find ourselves in, they could also be the ones to effect change and make consumerism more sustainable again.

Ms Khan said that she promised herself she would “replace an item only if trying to rescue it is futile”. And she’s also determined to learn how to fix things herself.

“It’s such a thrill. Making things work,” she stated, noting that she gets immense satisfaction from using items that she’s repaired herself.

While there are some repair jobs you may be able to tackle successfully yourself, there are others that would benefit from a professional touch. Bathroom repairs, for instance, will look much more polished if carried out by experienced professionals.

Although you’re paying for the skills, the end result is the same – something repaired rather than replaced.

Real Simple recently highlighted a number of DIY tasks that it’s safe to tackle yourself, as well as a number that are best left to those with more advanced skills.

Among the jobs you could have a go at are fixing a leaking bathroom or kitchen pipe, regrouting tiles and clearing clogged gutters. However, jobs such as fitting moulding, hanging wallpaper and removing popcorn ceilings are best left to the pros.