We all throw away tons of stuff every year. This leads, among other things, to a substantial increase in CO₂ emissions. A real shame according to Sieds Wijnja, founder and owner of the repair platform Jafix.com. Many things are easy and inexpensive to repair. He tells us about it in this episode of the start-up of the day.
What exactly does Jafix.com do?
“Jafix.com is a new independent international repair platform. The platform’s goal is for consumers to repair (or have broken items repaired) more often. At first, its users help each other. To do this, they create repair manuals and share them on Jafix.com. Other visitors then use these manuals to repair a broken object. We encourage the community to create these manuals and share their knowledge. »
“However, we also notice that not everyone is handy enough to fix something themselves. That’s why we’re creating a new service that connects consumers with repairers. They can be professional repairers, but just as many knowledgeable hobbyists. Because how often does something break down and the repair costs are actually too high, even though it’s worth fixing? In fact, in some cases , the repair is nothing more than a thorough cleaning.
How did this idea come about?
“I myself have a technical background and I have been used to fixing everything that breaks down since I was a child. Or at least try. At some point I wondered why there was no online platform for repairs. I used to rely on YouTube videos or explanations on specific forums. These videos on YouTube are certainly very helpful, but I often miss something. I just don’t see that detail, or I have to go back to a particular framework to figure out what I need to do.
“The forums, moreover, are often a mess. I prefer to have a solid and clear plan with photos, videos and text that explains exactly what I need to do, step by step. This is how Jafix.com was born. Alinda Bindels and Arjen Geerse came later. Alinda takes care of everything related to the business model and financing and Arjen is responsible for the technical side.
Why is this platform so important?
“Too often and too easily, things get thrown away or written off because they’re faulty. More and more often, products are also designed and manufactured in such a way that they cannot be repaired or are difficult to repair. This significantly shortens the potential life of the product. Although manufacturers are paying more and more attention to the environmentally friendly recycling of their products, much less attention is given in the design to the previous stage: the repair of the products.
“It’s a shame. Often products actually deserve a second or third life. Because they look good, have sentimental value, are worth money or will become valuable. Or simply because “they can still function perfectly. Perhaps more importantly, our natural sources of energy and raw materials are becoming increasingly scarce and valuable. It is therefore important to process the available raw materials in a sustainable way.
How much is actually thrown away?
“By 2020, the OPEN Foundation has collected more than 125 million kilograms of so-called electronic waste. Worldwide, this amounted to 53.6 million tons. This includes all kinds of devices with a plug or socket. battery. So that’s not counting things that aren’t electronic, like clothes, furniture, etc. Huge shame of course, because a lot of things are often easy and cheap to fix. It’s also a substantial gain for make society more sustainable.UK research shows that in 88% of repairs, 24 kilos of CO2 are saved because new purchases are postponed.Another thing is that the amount of electronic waste is increasing faster than it does This trend also makes the case for removing repairable products from the recycling stream and giving them a second life.
What challenges do you encounter?
“Jafix.com only has value if it contains content, and content is only added if there is value for the user. A classic problem for content platforms of course. We Now we want to break that down with an intermediary service. It provides immediate value to users, after all.
What are your plans for the future?
“We want to put the intermediate module into service as soon as possible. We already have a launch client, so it looks good. The traffic that will be generated will also draw more attention to the repair manuals we offer. In doing so, we want to get out of the pre-seed phase and start working with an external funder to accelerate our growth. Then we want to go international.
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