LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 28, 2020) — Do you know how to fix a tear in your shirt? Fix your bike? Troubleshoot your computer? University of Kentucky Recycling wants to encourage you to fix items instead of throwing them away.
UK's inaugural Fix It Festival, planned and hosted by UK Recycling’s two sustainability interns, senior Sophie Beavin and junior Antonio Zizzo, was scheduled for April 6, 2020. The event was designed to bring together campus and community experts and teach students how to fix items instead of throwing them away and buying new.
“I love the idea of repair because it can engage people from many different backgrounds and interests,” Beavin said. “Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and all the changes that have altered our everyday world, this event was canceled.”
Since members of the campus community are staying safe at home, UK Recycling’s Fix It Festival is going virtual. Starting last week, UK Recycling began posting on its social media platforms (@UKRecycles) various fix it guides to teach students, faculty and staff new skills to keep and fix usable items. Each day, UK Recycling will highlight a different way to fix and repair everyday items.
“This is an excellent opportunity for members of the UK community to promote a cyclical life cycle for frequently replaced items in our daily lives,” Zizzo said. “Although the event won’t be in person anymore, we can still come together in spirit for our common home to apply the skills being demonstrated to support our campus Sustainability Strategic Plan.”
Join UK Recylcing in learning how to:
- create a sewing kit;
- repair bicycles;
- fix outdoor gear;
- start a compost bin;
- troubleshoot technology; or
- make a bag out of an old T-shirt.
“There are so many reasons why people should fix their items,” Beavin said. “It saves money, preserves natural resources and keeps things out of the landfill. Saving money is a no-brainer, especially now. By mending and fixing items, you are increasing the lifespan of your gadgets and clothes and preventing these items from being landfilled."
So instead of throwing away, give yourself the satisfaction of knowing that you are learning new skills. Take it one step further and teach others what you have learned (from a distance or over Zoom).
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.