If there is one thing we’ve learned attempting over 6,800 fixes together – it is that products are only getting less repairable. Problems with the electronics and appliances are endemic, and industry is increasingly taking away our right to repair products, let alone making better products. We’re tired of the “take, make and dispose” economy, and there is a role for regulation. Enter Europe.
Yes, Europe. They pushed mobile manufacturers to create the universal mobile charger. (Win!) They brought us energy-efficient appliances that will bring €112 billion in annual savings for consumers by 2020. (Win!)
Earlier this month, we learned that the UK plans on supporting Europe’s Circular Economy Package, which contains great news for people who buy appliances and electronics. Which is all of us. (Until now, there has been far too much foot-dragging, and too much politicisation by the UK’s own ignorant and whinging eurosceptics.)
Europe’s environmental product standards
The Circular Economy Package promises environmental product standards that make electronics and appliances last for longer, and make them more repairable. But we need to keep the pressure on. Last month, we pushed them to include mobiles in their plans.
And now Europe wants our input on our experiences with home appliances, screens and computers.
With so many unknowns related to Brexit, European product standards are the best chance we have for better products.
Make your voice heard, take 10-15 minutes. Skip the parts you do not know about. If you are a Restarter or a DIY repairer, please include your comments and experience in the free text areas.
Please do this by 7th May, that’s one week from today.
Learn more from Cool Products, who is leading the way in Brussels on this.