In Amsterdam, a new social activity, the Repair Café, offers to repair things for free, helping to reduce waste, reports Sally McGrane at the New York Times. United by a love of repairing things, all sorts of people meet every two weeks at a community center to repair whatever others bring them, and thus pre-empting consumption and the climate change connected with more manufacturing. Started over two years ago, the Repair Café Foundation has raised $525,000 through grants and small donations to pay for staffing, marketing and even a Repair Cafe bus. Thirty Repair Cafes now exist across the Netherlands, where neighbors pool skills and labor to mend clothing and repair appliances, from old coffee makers and lamps, to vaccum cleaners, washers and electric organs. Older people in particular find a niche there, often having repair skills now lost in our service-based society. The anti-consumerist, anti-market, do-it-ourselves ethos seeks to improve everyday conditions through grass-roots social activism. The Foundation provides information to help other groups get started, and has received inquiries from Europe, South Africa and Australia. If this goes viral, it could really dent consumerism and climate change.