Inspired by the concept of a Black (GREEN) Friday, the initiative made it possible for the organisers to collect 90 small appliances that, if repaired, will be donated to needy families in the municipalities of Loulé and Matosinhos. Additionally, MAR Shopping malls will publish explanatory videos for equipment repair at home.
To reduce environmental impact, encourage the Circular Economy and also Social Responsibility, 90 pieces of equipment with the potential for repair were collected during the campaign period. These will now be sent to LIPOR and ERP Portugal, which will evaluate the possibility of recovering them. Equipment that gains a second life will be donated to Almancil Re-Food, Faro Parish Union, Montenegro Parish Council and Leça da Palmeira Re-Food (which has its operations centre installed at MAR Shopping Matosinhos and is currently responsible for supporting 45 families) to needy people in the municipalities of Loulé and Matosinhos, respectively.
Following Repair Cafés, the shopping centre MAR Shopping Algarve and MAR Shopping Matosinhos will share on their Facebook pages during the first months of 2020 explanatory videos about simple repairs, which can be carried out at home, thus increasing the impact of the initiative and the possibility of serving as inspiration for home repairs.
Repair Cafés are an initiative that is part of the LIPOR CREW Project, the entity responsible for the management, recovery and treatment of urban waste produced by the municipalities of Espinho, Gondomar, Maia, Matosinhos, Porto, Póvoa de Varzim, Valongo and Vila do Conde, and ERP Portugal - European Recycling Platform (Waste Management Entity).