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Fixation
How to Have Stuff without Breaking the Planet
By (author): Sandra Goldmark
Sandra Goldmark

Imprint:

Island Press

ISBN:

9781642830453

Product Form:

Hardcover

Form detail:

Sewn
Hardcover , Sewn
English

Audience:

General Trade
Sep 22, 2020
$33.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

228.6 x 152.4 x 22.86 mm | 420 gr

Page Count:

232 pages

Illustrations:

10 illustrations
Island Press
HOUSE & HOME / Sustainable Living
Our massive, global system of consumption is broken. Our individual relationship with our stuff is broken. In each of our homes, some stuff is broken. And this strain of consumerism and manufacturing is breaking our planet. It’s time to move past “peak stuff” and to a new system where design, reuse, and repair are the norm.

This is the ambitious undertaking of Fixation: How to Have Stuff without Breaking the Planet. Sandra Goldmark, who started humbly by founding a pop-up repair shop, is now a leader in the movement to demand better “stuff.” After repairing over 2500 items, being covered in The New York Times, Salon, WNYC, and more, Goldmark defined her mission. She doesn’t just want to help us clear clutter—she aims to move us away from throwaway culture, to teach us to reuse and repurpose more thoughtfully, and to urge companies to produce better stuff. Although her goal is ambitious, the solution to getting there is surprisingly simple and involves all of us: have good stuff, not too much, mostly reclaimed. Care for it, and pass it on.

In Fixation, Goldmark charts a path to the next major movement in sustainability—learning how to value stewardship over waste. As individuals, she tells us, our small consumer choices are the foundation for larger cultural shifts. We can choose quality items designed for a long lifecycle, commit to repairing them when they break, and shift our perspective on reuse and “preowned” goods.

But business as usual must change as well. We must demand that companies clean up their supply chains to begin the transition to a circular economy that is truly sustainable. Goldmark shares examples of forward-thinking companies who are exploring ways to conduct their businesses sustainably and responsibly, and thrive in the process.

Fixation brings us to a deeper understanding of our relationship with stuff and how we can bring into balance a consumer system that is out of whack. By taming the flow of throwaway items through our front doors, we may find balance returning to our hectic lives as well.



Entrepreneur Sandra Goldmark is the founder of Fixup (formerly Pop Up Repair), an innovative social enterprise in New York City.

"A sturdy argument that small choices can lay a foundation for larger collective shifts….carefully researched and closely reasoned critique of consumerism, resource depletion, cheap labor, waste, and the ruinous belief in unbridled growth."
- Kirkus Reviews

“Goldmark…has thought long and hard about what can be done to transform our linear economies into more circular ones that not only recycle and repair products, but make more durable ones…Goldmark’s proposed solutions—practical, political, cultural—seem quite doable, given the will.”
- Post and Courier

"A copy of Fixation is one of the best gifts you could give or receive…Getting beyond this unsustainable economy will require changes in attitudes, changes in education, changes in the manufacturing and retail changes, changes in wage allocations. Goldmark addresses all of these weighty subjects in beautifully accessible ways."
- Resilience

“[Goldmark] wants us to buy fewer things, things that are built to last, and fix those things when they break…A really good idea…this book has a broad reach.”
- Wingnut

"This is a moral, physical, and metaphysical exploration into material culture."
- Booklist

"Goldmark argues eloquently, with a dose of both Pollan and Schumacher, that our scattered household junk holds a far greater value (and danger) than we think. Fixation will make you view the greater world in a broken toaster, and hopefully inspire you to care enough to help make it whole again."
- David Sax, bestselling author of "The Soul of an Entrepreneur" and "The Revenge of Analog"

"For brands and businesses searching for a clear path to sustainable growth in today's complex and challenged world, Fixation is required reading. Goldmark's fresh perspective on the need for new economic models and circular systems presents a convincing argument—and a real roadmap—for fruitful solutions and meaningful change."
- KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, Founder and CEO, Sustainable Brands Worldwide

"Through innovation and invitation, Fixation challenges us to rethink 'stuff.' The stuff we use, the stuff we don't use, and the relationships we have to all this stuff. Goldmark's candor, humor, and rich references raise questions for personal healing at the bedroom-closet level to a social revolution on a global scale. An important read for dynamic times like these."
- Cynthia Li, integrative medicine physician and author of "Brave New Medicine"

"Our relationship with our stuff needs fixing. As Sandra Goldmark brilliantly explains, we have been unwittingly coerced into buying new products over used. Transitioning to a healthier model of consumption isn't just needed to save our planet—it's needed to save our humanity."
- Kyle Wiens, CEO, iFixit

“Goldmark…has thought long and hard about what can be done to transform our linear economies into more circular ones that not only recycle and repair products, but make more durable ones…Goldmark’s proposed solutions—practical, political, cultural—seem quite doable, given the will.”
- Post and Courier

"A copy of Fixation is one of the best gifts you could give or receive…Getting beyond this unsustainable economy will require changes in attitudes, changes in education, changes in the manufacturing and retail changes, changes in wage allocations. Goldmark addresses all of these weighty subjects in beautifully accessible ways."
- Resilience

“[Goldmark] wants us to buy fewer things, things that are built to last, and fix those things when they break…A really good idea…this book has a broad reach.”
- Wingnut

"This is a moral, physical, and metaphysical exploration into material culture."
- Booklist

"Goldmark argues eloquently, with a dose of both Pollan and Schumacher, that our scattered household junk holds a far greater value (and danger) than we think. Fixation will make you view the greater world in a broken toaster, and hopefully inspire you to care enough to help make it whole again."
- David Sax, bestselling author of "The Soul of an Entrepreneur" and "The Revenge of Analog"

"For brands and businesses searching for a clear path to sustainable growth in today's complex and challenged world, Fixation is required reading. Goldmark's fresh perspective on the need for new economic models and circular systems presents a convincing argument—and a real roadmap—for fruitful solutions and meaningful change."
- KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, Founder and CEO, Sustainable Brands Worldwide

"Through innovation and invitation, Fixation challenges us to rethink 'stuff.' The stuff we use, the stuff we don't use, and the relationships we have to all this stuff. Goldmark's candor, humor, and rich references raise questions for personal healing at the bedroom-closet level to a social revolution on a global scale. An important read for dynamic times like these."
- Cynthia Li, integrative medicine physician and author of "Brave New Medicine"

"Our relationship with our stuff needs fixing. As Sandra Goldmark brilliantly explains, we have been unwittingly coerced into buying new products over used. Transitioning to a healthier model of consumption isn't just needed to save our planet—it's needed to save our humanity."
- Kyle Wiens, CEO, iFixit

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