Recent research at the UK and European level has shown that people want longer lasting and more repairable products. These findings can push climate policy changes towards a more sustainable, resource efficient economy.
We appeared this week on BBC Breakfast, talking about the importance of repair. Here is a summary of what we do and why repair is so crucial to fix our throw-away economy.
We’re urgently mobilising to save the crucial, pro-Right-to-Repair measures in the European Commission’s “Circular Economy Package”. We stand to lose over two years’ work on creating better product standards for longer-lasting appliances and electronics.
Every year, “Earth Overshoot Day” is an awful day on the Anthropocene calendar. It is the day in the year by which humans will have taken more from the earth than the planet can naturally renew. This year, Earth Overshoot Day coincides with World Wide Web day.
We respond to a mini documentary about ‘Dr. Tesla Frankenstein’ who shares the obstacles to DIY repairs of Tesla cars. He is a firm believer in the right to repair and poses very important questions about ownership and the future.
The company asked people to queue in Soho for the opportunity to smash up their existing mobile phone, and win a new mobile. We immediately shared our disgust with this spectacle, which seemed to promote destruction of functioning mobiles, that could have second and third lives.
Proprietary augmented reality (AR) software also offers up the possibility to outsource the troubleshooting and problem solving work in physical repairs – turn them more into mechanical, low-paid grunt work. We present the positive alternative.
We’re happy to announce that we’ve been granted two years funding from Nesta and the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to actively promote Restart Parties and spread community repair across England.