The Repair Café “Stajnia”, the first reuse point in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region (Poland) has been operating since November 2019. “Stajnia” (means stable) is run by the Tilia Association, a non-governmental organization that has been involved in multi-task environmental and social activities. The main goal of the association is to raise ecological awareness through ecological education.

Twice a week, residents of the region can visit the Reuse Point to repair damaged items with the help of specialists and leave there unnecessary things which will be repaired if necessary and sold. Profit from the sale of items goes to maintaining the Reuse Point.

Thanks to such activities carried out by Reuse Point, the unwanted items gain a second life. When implementing this task, we have a common goal - we want to contribute to build a better world by reducing the use of natural resources, reducing waste and supporting pro-social initiatives.

One of the activities carried out in the Reuse Point are thematic workshops, during which the participants learn how to fix various items including pieces of furniture and clothing or remake them into different articles of everyday usage. The workshops are addressed to children, adults as well as seniors. There have been several workshops organized so far: candle recycling, furniture renovation, bicycle repair and upholstering. As a part of these activities, few instructional videos were filmed and published, showing how to do something or fix it step by step on your own.

It is worth mentioning that the crucial success factor of the project is the fact that the Repair Café “Stajnia” - Reuse Point is often visited by residents which in turn proves a real impact on raising public awareness and disseminating the idea of reuse in the region.

Additional info at:
Smart-Re-Use Park Torun [Agnieszka Kępa, Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship]