From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. ...

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Comment by James Diamond on February 21, 2012 at 11:11

Well said.  We'd like to add repair and reuse to our recycling map, so if anyone knows where you can get things repaired these days, let us know.

Comment by Teddy Sawyer on February 21, 2012 at 11:06

  One way to make progress against the problem of material waste and 'obsolesence' is to repair but The London Borough of Hackney, which used to be a maze of small workshops and repair businesses along side of homes, is in the forefront of the property bubble, converting workshops and small-business sites into flats and homes for people who consume the services of big businesses. Home owners collaborate in this in the foolish belief that their properties will increase in value as local industry is forced to 'make itself scarce'.

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