Veolia backs Library of Things to combat London’s throwaway culture


Why buy when you can fix? That’s the message from Veolia and Library of Things who have partnered to boost London’s skill sharing economy and combat its unsustainable throwaway culture.

Supported by Veolia’s Recycling Fund for Communities, Library of Things in Crystal Palace will deliver six repair workshops and 10 mending meet-ups during 2020. The sessions will equip residents with the skills to fix broken electronics and mend textiles, so they can carry on using them, rather than throwing them away.

Accessible to residents from all over London, the scheme is expected to upskill over 350 residents throughout the year and reduce 300kg of waste from being produced.

The workshops will connect residents with skilled volunteers who will work with residents to repair electronic and textile items. Veolia’s recycling experts will also attend events to share advice and tips on being sustainable.

Rachel Jay, Regional Communications Manager for Veolia London said:
“We’re passionate about supporting projects that protect our resources and our planet by reducing, reusing and recycling. By supporting Library of things’ skill sharing events, we’re helping to give residents the tools to adopt sustainable waste behaviours, and deliver lasting benefits to the environment.”