Repair cafes are a growing trend worldwide to try and reduce landfill waste and consumption of new items, especially for electronic goods. Volunteers get together and will attempt to fix your broken gadgets, mend your clothes, fix your bike etc. So think twice before throwing something away and see if it can be fixed instead.
The City of Graz has been offering financial support for repair cafes (free repairs but you are welcome to leave a donation) and also for companies who will fix your larger electrical appliances for a reasonable fee which is subsided partly by the city (50% up to €100 – one time per household a year). You find a list of repair companies on Graz Repariert and also the dates for the repair cafes where you can bring your smaller items.
Repair Cafe Graz holds regular events every two months at Lendkai 45, 8020 Graz and other locations. They will repair most small easily transportable items (They also have a good FAQ page if you’re unsure what to bring).
REPAIR Incafé is an initiative by Jugend am Werk where people with disabilities are supported by specialist trainers to repair mechanical, electronic and digital equipment. Their cafe is the last Thursday of every month (except holidays) 10.00 – 16.00 Münzgrabenstraße 84 a, 8010.
Echo Repair cafes hold regular events at Jugendzentrum Echo, Leuzenhofgasse 4, 8020 Graz . They bring young people together with experienced professions to teach them to repair mechanical, household and electrical appliances, toys, game consoles and clothing.
The Odilien Shop will repair for a fee weaved baskets and wicker furniture.
Umwelt Graz is the official website page of the City of Graz and has lots of great information on sustainability. Look out for special events such as the GrazerUmweltZirkus. They also offer a useful (in German) leaflet about fixing appliances and repair cafes.
And you can read more of my personal tips on sustainable shopping in Graz