An Endangered Species
Dorothy's Making of
For many years, I had used and cherished the little shop in my neighborhood where I could take any appliance and get it fixed. As more information about recycling became available, I recognized the extent to which our consumer mentality (to throw everything away if it’s broken and buy something new to replace it) was adding to our community landfill pollution. I realized that our neighborhood “fix-it shop” was a treasure. I decided to document that island of human scale sanity in a sea of growing “pressure to purchase” madness.
The Fix-It Shop is located at
1179 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: (650) 322-9333.
- To raise awareness about the wisdom of fixing things instead of throwing them away.
- To heighten appreciation for small local businesses
- To screen at any event, conference, or meeting in which the importance of recycling is a relevant subject.
- To use in schools, to teach children about how they can make a difference.
- SEE The Story of Stuff Short film and take action project ideas
Fix-it Shops takes an affectionate look behind the scenes at a neighborhood business, which repairs small appliances. In this intimate portrait, viewers meet the people whose dedication, patience, and skills contribute to their own community. This form of “recycling” adds significantly to the urban ecosystem by reducing unnecessary waste in landfills.
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