The average American family is hiding $ 1,121 of broken items rather than fixing or throwing them away, new research has revealed. In a study of 1,000 homes, Adhesive Repair Sealant brand Sugru Moldable Glue found that environmentally conscious residents thought they lacked the repair skills to fix damaged property or felt too guilty to throw them away.
The survey results also showed that one in five Americans clings to broken objects for more than a year. Some of the items that people tend to accumulate include garden tools, electronics, and family treasures.
Main broken objects Americans cling to:
- Garden tools 42%
- Laptops 41%
- Phones 40%
- Family treasures 39%
- Tablets 37%
- Watches 36%
- Exercise equipment 34%
- Furniture 33%
- TVs 32%
- Children’s toys 31%
- Christmas decorations 30%
- Photo frames 30%
- Ornaments 30%
- Kitchen appliances 28%
- Turns on 26%
- Tableware 26%
Laptops (41%), phones (40%) and tablets (37%) were predominant in the list of broken items people refuse to throw away, along with exercise equipment (34%) and decorations Christmas (30%).
The study also found that more than half of Americans (58%) wanted to repair items as soon as they broke, but many households across the country remain cluttered with damaged goods nonetheless. A quarter of those surveyed said they only sometimes repair broken items, while 46% thought many items were beyond repair.
A spokesperson for Sugru Moldable Glue commented, “It’s so frustrating when things get broken and understandable when people worry about putting them in landfill. “Every house has this kind of closet of shame, with no idea how to deal with it.
“Making repairs easier for people will be crucial in overcoming our throwaway culture and helping people save money along the way. »For more information on how to repair broken items, visitSugru.com for some essential repair tips and the free Fixer manifesto.
Tesa Sugru Moldable Glue is the world’s first versatile moldable glue that remains flexible once set and permanently bonds to many materials including glass, ceramics, wood, metal, plastics and more. People all over the world are using it to fix, improve, and hack their stuff to keep it going a little bit longer.
A visit to the website will inspire you to reimagine your home, garden, clothing, and planet in a way that allows your everyday creativity to beat the throwaway culture. The research was conducted by One Poll on behalf of Sugru Moldable Glue, in which 1,000 American adults participated.