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OHIO Reuse & Repair Fair partners with Patagonia’s Worn Wear college tour

Sam Miller March 22, 2017

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Thanks to a partnership with Post-Landfill Action Network, Patagonia’s Worn Wear repair team will be in Athens to perform free repairs on any brand of clothing as part of Ohio University’s Reuse & Repair Fair on Wednesday, March 29 from 12 – 7 p.m. in Ping Recreation Center.

Bike and electronic repair demonstrations, a recycled materials challenge course, a clothing donation station, upcycling displays, tours of the University compost facility and more will be offered throughout the day. The primary purpose of the event is to encourage students to think about ways they can become more sustainable in their own lives. Activities will focus on how a broad range of items from clothing and gear to electronics and everyday items can be repaired, reused or recycled instead of being thrown away.

Ohio University faculty, staff, and students will also have the opportunity to purchase used bikes at discounted prices that were previously abandoned at the University, as part of the new “ReBike” program, offered by the Office of Sustainability and Moving and Surplus. The Ohio University Police Department will be on hand to register bikes as well. For more information, visit the Office of Sustainability’s Facebook page.

The day will conclude with a free showing of “Landfill Harmonic” at the Athena Cinema from 7 – 9 p.m. as part of the Spring Sustainability Film Series. This documentary explores the inspirational story of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, an internationally-recognized Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. 

“We are excited for this opportunity to showcase the zero waste efforts at Ohio University and in Athens, as well as to welcome the awesome Worn Wear repair team into the event as part of this community at a national scale,” said Kate Blyth, senior student coordinator for OHIO Zero Waste, a University initiative to reduce and recycle campus waste housed at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. “This event will give students an opportunity to learn about local organizations and ways to incorporate sustainability and zero waste in their lives every day.”

Blyth said she hopes students think critically about the question, “If you are not for zero waste, how much waste are you for?” and find solutions to answer that question.


Schedule of Events:

At Ping Center:

12 – 7 p.m.  - Clothing repairs, bike repair demos, upcycling displays and activities

12 – 5 p.m. - Recycled materials challenge course

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. -  iFixIt Xbox repair workshop

1 – 2 p.m. -  ReBike browsing time

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. -  Compost facility tour

2 – 3 p.m. - ReBike sale

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. - Compost facility tour

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. - ReBike bike adjustments


At the Athena Cinema

7–9 p.m. Free showing of “Landfill Harmonic” followed by panel discussion


Sponsoring partners include Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs; the Post-Landfill Action Network, Outdoor Pursuits; Fashion, Merchandising, and Design program; and Campus Recycling, ReUse Industries, Rural Action, ReStore, Athens Bicycle Shop, the Athens-Hocking Recycling Center, iFixit and Klean Kanteen. The OHIO Zero Waste Initiative at the Voinovich School receives generous support from the Sugar Bush Foundation, supporting organization of the Ohio University Foundation, as part of the Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative.

To get the most up to date information, visit http://bit.ly/reuserepairfair. Also be sure to follow OHIO Zero Waste on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Contact: Elissa Welch, Project Manager, Voinovich School (welche@ohio.edu