32903127 story The Dutch Repair Cafe Versus the Throwaway Society 368 Posted by Soulskill on Friday May 11, 2012 @10:13AM from the if-it-ain't-broke dept. circletimessquare writes "Everyone in the modern world has thrown away at least one thing that was perfectly good except for an easily fixed defect, because it's just easier to buy a new one. In the Netherlands, in the name of social cohesion, and with government and private foundation grants, there is a trend called the Repair Cafe (Dutch). People bring in broken items: a skirt with a hole in it, an iron that no longer steams, and they fix each other's stuff and meet their neighbors. Now that's an idea worth keeping."