Rather than throwing away a broken item, learn how to repair it instead. Participate in Repair Cafe, a free workshop to help fix applicances, bicyles, and other items. There will be "repairers" who are knowledgeable about fixing common problems with appliances.
Bring in a broken item and meet local people who have offered to share their skills to help you make repairs. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table, by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.
Transition Houston is partnering with TX/RX Labs, Houston Public Libraries, the City of Houston Green Building Resource Center, Houston Complete Communities, Citizens' Environmental Coalition, Texas Campaign for the Environment, and the Houston Peace and Justice Center in this effort.