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I fix it.  You fix it.  We can all fix it!  E waste (discarded computers, electronics, televisions, mobile phones etc.) is showing up in our landfills and contaminating our water, air and soil at a rapidly growing pace.  E waste consists of lead, cadmium and mercury, which is toxic to humans, plants and the planet. is a free online service that offers manuals on how the average Joe or Jane can fix things themselves.  The site has manuals for ipods, iphones, ipads, cars, cameras, computers, toasters, nintendos, etc.  So instead of trashing your easily fixable new-age technology, simply put in a little time and effort, and participate in reducing toxic waste.

iFixit was started in 2003 by Luke and Kyle in a dorm room at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  Here is what they have to say: “It bugged us that most consumer devices lacked repair instructions. We think it should be easy for people to learn how to fix things.  So we wrote some instructions the first chance we got. And we posted them online, for free. For the first time, it was easy for someone with no technical background or experience to take apart a Mac. Our step-by-step instructions were enabling people to repair Macs they wouldn’t have been able to repair on their own…We thought the instructions would be useful to our customers, and they were. But it turned out that they were useful to a lot of other people as well! We’ve heard repair success stories from forensic detectives, field translators, and even kids. From New York to Alaska, Tibet to the Faroe Islands, people have used our guides to fix their stuff. They saved money, they kept their Macs out of landfills, and they did it completely by themselves.”


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