What is the Clonmel Repair Cafe? 

The Clonmel Repair Café is an ongoing initiative that aims to serve the Clonmel and surrounding community by inviting people to repair and renovate their clothing, electronics, and household items.    

They are a group of like-minded people who have come together to host a zero-waste shop, repair cafe, and toy library. 

There is also potential to learn new skills collaboratively as members can swap tips and repair skills. The aim is to host the repair sessions in a relaxed café- style environment, where people can meet friends and learn new skills, all at once. Some people share their skills to repair electronics, clocks, and household items such as radiators, as well as sewing technicians, engineers, and so much more. 

What is the Toy Library? 

Fixing and mending means fewer objects go to landfills. The Toy Library in Clonmel is a hub for the circular economy where old toys can find a new home and a new lease of life. 


What effect do toys have on the environment? 

According to Eco Birdy, a UNEP report from 2014 said: “the toy industry belong[s] to the group that uses plastic the most intensively in products” (Source: UNEP Valuing plastics)

Plastic packaging creates a lot of waste but when we buy a bottle of water, the mass of the plastic is only about 2% of its total weight.

Plastic toys, however, are almost entirely made of hard plastic. For instance, a toy kitchen contains 5.6 kg of valuable plastic, the equivalent of 400 empty plastic water bottles. 


You can find the dates for the next Repair Cafe and Toy Library at https://www.facebook.com/suircanforum?locale=ga_IE: 

You can bring anything to help extend it’s life and reduce waste.

They are both hosted on the same dates as eachother. 


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