The “right to repair” is imposed in the European Union: your TV or your refrigerator should last you at least 10 years
Many manufacturers are becoming a almost impossible mission to repair devices we bought ourselves. We need manuals, tools and components to which only official and authorized technical services have access.
The problems in this area have unleashed the movement called ‘Right to repair’ that now has won a major battle in the European Union: manufacturers must offer these manuals, tools and components so that if the user wants, they can try to repair that TV or that refrigerator that stops working properly.
Fighting against planned obsolescence
The european parliament approved on November 25, 2020 a law that precisely allowed to fight in favor of the “right to repair”. This law comes into force this March, and aims to increase the lifespan of electronic devices and thus achieve a lower environmental impact.
This directive obliges manufacturers to offer electronic products that can be repaired in an accessible way for users, without requiring too special tools. They must also provide manuals that inform how to carry out these repairs.
The scope of this law is difficult to measure: there are certainly components in our electronic devices that are difficult to replace without previous experience, but this is certainly an appropriate step that you will try. prevent each European citizen from generating 16 kg of electrical waste every year, with half of them coming from devices that stop working.
With this new regulation, manufacturers are expected to specify the estimated useful life of the devices through informative labels. Our television or refrigerator could have as well guaranteed a lifetime of 10 years, and facilitate the repair process during that time in case there is a problem.
Via | The Next Web