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The Right to Repair is an international movement gaining incredible traction in recent years. Some products we all expect to be able to repair, sometimes even ourselves. We expect our cars, fridges, homes, furniture, and clothes to be repairable, but some companies and products are actively working to make repairs impossible or illegal.  Companies producing electronics such as laptops, phones, and tablets would rather you buy a new product than spend a fraction of that cost in repairing the product.

The Right to Repair movement is challenging that by demanding that consumers be allowed and able to fix the products they buy.

Repairing and repurposing broken products is a basic action anyone can take to save money, reduce their personal contribution to waste, and reduce their environmental impact of resource consumption.

The internet is absolutely brimming with information on how to fix virtually any product imaginable. Sites such as iFixit and YouTube offer a wealth of free, practical, step-by-step guides to fixing most products worth fixing.

If you don’t have the time, tools, or resources to fix something, chances are there is a repair service which you can use. Manitoba has a very active and experienced community of small repair shops for a huge variety of products, there is a good chance they can help you save a bundle.