- headphones with a broken plastic frame (that still put out great sound),
- a high-end OttLite lamp (that had a frayed wire in its articulated support arm),
- a vintage toaster (with a broken wire in its popping mechanism),
- a Hoover vacuum cleaner (with a broken power switch),
- two manual typewriters (one with a broken/missing carriage return spring, the other seemed to work just fine),
- a camera (that had beer spilled on it), and
- a blender (with a worn drive disk).
Zero Waste Yukon‘s inaugural Reuse & Repair Fair was a huge success on Saturday June 3, 2017! The fair included live music, workshops, artists selling work created from reused and re-purposed materials, and food trucks serving food in a zero waste manner. YuKonstruct was pleased to bring our Repair Cafe to this great event.
Volunteers Glenn and Garnet assisted fair attendees with repairs ranging from diagnosing a faulty toaster cord to fixing an electric guitar.
If you have broken things in need of fixing, be sure to check our events calendar for upcoming Repair Cafes (usually the 4th Friday of the month).
Earlier this month, there was a Zero Waste Conference at Yukon College. To encourage people to help reduce what get’s put into the landfill, YuKonstruct and Zero Waste Yukon partnered to create the first ever Zero Waste Hackathon to go along with the conference!
We invited teams to think creatively about how to divert garbage from the landfill. This could include anything from an automatic trash sorting machine, to a piece of art made with recycled materials; an online educational product that informs people about garbage, to a new design for an already existing product which reduces the waste of that product. So the criteria for this Hackathon were very broad! We even had funding from the City of Whitehorse Envrionmental Fund to pay for each team’s materials and supplies up to $250!
There were also prizes for the winning teams! Prizes included a 2016 White Pass Summit Excursion, a gift card to Antoinette’s, camping passes, and beer & swag from Yukon Brewing!
The first place prize went to Phillip who invented a creative table/saw combo that cuts and sorts palates to be burned in the wood-stove for heat. What a great way to take something that would otherwise go in our landfill and use it to reduce the heating bill! Check it out: