Right To Repair

Right to repair is a topic that is starting to come up a lot recently. It is pretty simple, it’s all about the consumer’s right to repair products they buy.

This can range from washing machines, fridges, and many other things. In this post, we will be talking about specifically electronic devices like phones and computers.

Many manufacturers don’t make it easy for you to repair your own devices. One example I can give is the brand Apple, as they release new devices yearly, they get more complicated to fix common problems such as, replacing the battery or replacing the screen.

The reason brands are doing this is so that you need to go back to them to request a repair. For this reason, they can set high prices which often lead to the point where it makes more sense just to buy a brand new device. Since more devices become obsolete you can imagine that there is an increasing level of electronic wastage. Between 2014 – 2019 e-waste increased by 21% which amounts to 53.6 million metric tonnes. (1)

Obviously, this is concerning and because of this countries around the world are searching for methods to resolve the issue. The UK released a new law on July 8th, 2021. This is a good start, but manufacturers have two years to implement changes.

These changes legally require manufacturers to make sure that consumers and companies have access to spare parts. Sadly the new law does not cover everything such as laptops and mobile devices, for now, it only covers:

Dishwashers

Washing Machines

Refrigerators

Televisions and other electronic displays (2)

Since mobile devices and laptops etc are still not covered this allows manufacturers such as Apple to continue building their devices to a state that makes them complicated and expensive to repair.

For now, we can only hope that the laws will change in the future and add the missing devices to the criteria. If you agree that things need to change to make future repairs more affordable head over to https://repair.eu and have a read through their website.

(1) https://www.who.int/news/item/15-06-2021-soaring-e-waste-affects-the-health-of-millions-of-children-who-warns

(2) https://9to5mac.com/2021/07/01/british-right-to-repair-law/

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