‘It’s your device, you should be able to repair it’
What would you do if your smartphone was damaged or stopped working? Take it to a repair shop or perhaps upgrade to a new one?
Not Suhaib. Unable to afford the repair cost he ordered a replacement screen, watched an online tutorial and fixed it himself.
“It took me around two hours. I was really nervous,” says Suhaib (he prefers to keep his surname private).
It wasn’t long before he became the person to go to at his Canadian school if you had a broken phone. “I was the guy fixing phones in class,” he says.
Suhaib and other like-minded repairers are trying to help reduce the vast amount of electronic goods discarded every year.
A record 53.6 million tonnes of electronic waste was generated worldwide in 2019, with less than a fifth of it being recycled, according to the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor 2020.
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