Today we launch a new petition to the UK government, BEIS and Defra ministers calling for real Right to Repair rules. We need a Right to Repair for all, for more products, that we can afford.
For the first time, design for repairability, long-term availability of spare parts and repair information will be written into UK law, creating a precedent. But we don’t think there’s that much to celebrate yet – here is why.
We’ve been hard at work here at Restart on a new project to explore our repair data and our environmental impact together. We’re happy to announce the support of ACTION (Participatory science toolkit against pollution) project, who are helping us incorporate “citizen science” approaches to our data work.
We’re launching, Materials Matter an educational site allowing you to explore the life of your smartphone. We developed this website with support from EIT Raw Materials together with partners of the Replay Project
We highlight some key moments in the long month of January and help break down the big questions and opportunities in the push for longer-lasting and more repairable products in the UK this year.
Our new campaign in London mobilises donations of laptops, cash and volunteer skills, so that unused laptops can be used by students and people in need.
In its public commitments, Tefal sounds great on repair. But in practice, a qualified electrician had to pressure the French manufacturers to gain access to spare parts. We need Right to Repair enshrined in law, not one merely published on a website by manufacturers.
The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee released its new report on electronic waste. In it we can hear the voices of the repair community. The Committee calls for the right to repair and a smarter approach to materials and electronics waste.