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Celebrate International Repair Day and Share Your Best #FixTip This October


This month we’ll be celebrating International Repair Day (17th October) with a single mission - to share as many tips, tricks and shortcuts to help you fix the things you love with confidence.

We all have to start somewhere and nobody ever really stops learning. Whether it’s a student living alone for the first time or an octogenarian whose can do attitude means no fixing job is off limits. 

Skill sharing is part of the process! So get involved and share your own fix tip on social media before the end of October. 

Every post that includes the #FixTip hashtag and tags us @sugru will be in with the chance to win 12 repair products now sold in the Sugru shop - a bundle worth over £250. Check out all the T&Cs at the bottom of this page.

To help kick things off we’ve taken some inspiration from four of Sugru’s very own fixing heroes.  Check out their own insider tips below...



#FixTip 1 Celebrate Your Repairs and the Beauty of Imperfection

SAYS LOTTE DEKKER, CO-FOUNDER OF HUMADE

"This is one of my best fixes of all time. I repaired a couple of holes in my favourite blue trousers, which were damaged on a great night out in Amsterdam. The night ended on a slippery tram track and although I escaped unharmed, my trousers didn’t.

It took me about 5 minutes to fix these up with a couple of iron-on gold patches and they mean more to me now than ever. I also think they look way better!"



Lotte's got two more #Fixtips for us too:

#FixTip 2 = have some fun when fixing things and try to create something unique

#FixTip 3 = involve younger people whenever you fix something - they’re always more interested than you think

We love the modern interpretation of Wabi Sabi that Lotte and Gieke have brought to life with their Humade repair kits. It's an amazing feeling when a repair is not just as good as before, but even better because it's unique and now carries a new layer to its story. 

#FixTip 2 Have Everything You Need to Hand

SAYS HELEEN KLOPPER, INVENTOR OF WOOLFILLER

Sage advice from Heleen! We agree, it's a really good idea to set designated time aside to do your repairs, and to prepare in advance to have everything you need to complete the job. Repair jobs are so enjoyable when they turn out right, but can be daunting if you start without thinking through your plan first. 

Give yourself maximum chances of great results by gathering together your tools and materials in one place for a dedicated evening fixing session, or researching and ordering the right materials for the job ahead of time.

Heleen also shared an incredible ancient example of being prepared to repair! 

"A really extreme example of preparing to repair can be seen in the National Museum of Antiquities in the Netherlands, where a 4,800 year old bobbin with fine linen thread is on show. It was placed in the tomb of an Egyptian priest, so that he could have his clothes repaired in the afterlife. It’s incredible to see."



#FixTip 3 Keep Looking Out for New Repair Solutions

SAYS JAMES CARRIGAN, CO-FOUNDER OF SUGRU AND FIXPERTS

"There are so many specialist products out there, chances are if you do some research and ask around, you'll keep discovering new solutions when you need them."

"One of the things I've grown more and more confident with, often with the help of ifixit tutorials, is repairing electronics. And my #FixTip is a really simple and great product called Fast Drying Contact Cleaner from WD40. I learned this tip from the tech support team at Phillips :) The button on my electric toothbrush was stiff and not working so well anymore, and they helped me diagnose this as a build up of calcium or hard water residue. A generous spray of this Fast Drying Contact Cleaner and the problem was fixed! I've recently used it again to fix a similar problem with one of the buttons on my Bosch laser measuring tool."

NB This is not regular WD40 lubricant, it's a different product to that, made especially for use with electronics and electrical equipment. 

Thanks James - great tip and we love that this is almost preventative fixing - enabling us to tackle issues early when they are showing the first signs of wear - keeping things in good working order. 

#FixTip 4 Youtube Is Your Friend

SAYS JANE NI DHULCHAOINTIGH, INVENTOR OF SUGRU

Ha! It sounds so obvious but it's true!

"Youtube has made fixing genuinely accessible for all of us... A generation ago, what if someone told you that there would be a place you could access more than 5 billion videos for free? And even more amazing, that millions of these videos would be people around the world teaching each other how to do things? Often with incredible attention to detail, taking you step by step through a repair - from dishwashers to mobile phones, to jeans... and a million other things besides."

"Still today, when something breaks, many people have no idea that they could repair it - and their only thought is how to dispose of it and replace it. What if even half of those people took a few minutes to stop and ask Youtube - how many more people would have a go?"

For fun, try playing with the search bar with 'How to fix...' It's amazing the variety of things you'll find!


#FixTip 5 Use Old Clothes to Repair With

SAYS TOM VAN DEIJNEN, EXPERT VISIBLE MENDER

Tom van Deijnen’s passion for making clothes has long been channelled into repair. He believes that the practice of mending clothes to make them last longer is a welcome disruption to the fast fashion cycle. 

“Instead of taking old clothes to a charity shop, which has its own issues around how little is suitable for selling on, use them for cutting out patches for upcycling or other creative projects. I’m currently making a patchwork quilt out of old shirts and boxer shorts!”

This makes wonderful sense. Why buy new material when we often have so much of it lying around and going to waste? Thank you Tom!



Win! Win! Win!

WE HAVE £250 / $350 WORTH OF REPAIR PRODUCTS UP FOR GRABS FROM SUGRU.COM FOR THE BEST #FIXTIP SHARED ON FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM OR TWITTER. CHECK OUT THE RULES AND T&C'S BELOW - GOOD LUCK GUYS!

Terms and conditions

  1. The rules of Sugru’s #FixTip competition and how to enter are as follows: 

    • to be in with a chance to win a repair bundle worth £250 / $350  from Sugru.com, simply share your best fix tip on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

    • This could be something you’ve discovered recently or something that you did years ago and is still holding fast. It also doesn’t need to include the Sugru product. 

    • Share your #FixTip with either a short description, an image or even a video to help inspire others to have a go at fixing something around International Repair Day. 

    • Post on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the #FixTip hashtag and be sure to tag us @sugru to be in with a chance to win a repair bundle worth £250 / $350 from Sugru.com.

  2. The promoter of the Sugru competition is FormFormForm Ltd (company no. 05256222), the company responsible for producing Sugru Mouldable Glue, whose registered office is at Unit 2, 47-49 Tudor Road, London, E9 7SN.

  3. The competition is open to people in all countries and territories worldwide, aged 18 years and over.

  4. The competition is not open to employees of FormFormForm Ltd or TESA Ltd and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition. 

  5. No purchase is necessary to enter this competition.

  6. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

  7. The competition is hosted across Sugru’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

  8. One person can enter as many times as they like.

  9. Closing date and time for entry will be 23:59 (GMT) on 31.10.2020. After this time and date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

  10. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for any reason.

  11. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

  12. The prize is: 1 x Victorinox Swiss Tool Spirit, 1 x iFixit Pro Tool Kit, 1 x ReMarkable Iron on Gold Patches, 1 x black tesa Self Bonding Repair Tape, 1 x Rainbow multitool set, 1 x grey tesa Eco Duct Tape, 1 x Bicycle Repair Kit, 1 x Woolfiller Repair Kit, 1 x Humade Create Me Gold Textile Kit, 1 x Emergency Tech Kit, 1 x Eyeglass Repair Kit, 1 x Sugru 8 pack.

  13. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prize is not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

  14. The winner will be picked by the customer services team at Sugru who are themselves sharing #FixTips with customers daily, and will be announced on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram on 4 November.

  15. The winner will be notified by email within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or they do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner. The same notification period will apply to the replacement winner, from the date of selection. 

  16. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize will be delivered.

  17. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  18. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

  19. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

  20. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent. All personal data will be kept secure by FormFormForm Ltd. and will not be shared with any third parties. 

  21. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

  22. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to FormFormForm Ltd and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found at https;//sugru.com/privacy