I recently came across this article titled “Even Muppets Repair Their Stuff” and although it may seem

silly or immature, it made a great point. The article refers to the Fix-it shop that has been on the

children’s television show Sesame Street (and Sesame Street books) for years where residents

bring their broken items to be fixed. They had many episodes that focused on this shop and items that

are fixed like picture frames, toasters, and televisions, rather than being thrown away. What a great

concept to teach our children, that just because something is broken, it doesn’t mean we just

trash it.

Unfortunately we live in a world now where society is so set on having the latest and greatest and

because electronics become obsolete so quickly, many feel that having them repaired sometimes isn’t

worth the time or money OR it is cheaper to just buy a new item rather than have it repaired. However,

I think the point of the article is that we need to teach this next generation and generations to come

that we need to take responsibility for a product when we’re done with it. Whether it gets handed over

to a younger sibling or friend for continued use, given to a thrift store, sold on second-hand sale sites, or

recycled/refurbished, we need to make sure items, especially electronics, are not dumped at a landfill

site. Kudos to Sesame Street for taking this stance decades before our society has realized its



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