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.
As we “restart” in 2016, we still have some memorable stories to share, including Fairphone repairs, some challenging but worthwhile laptop, TV and musical instrument repairs, and an amusing vintage device that will make you laugh.
During a visit to Beijing last month we had the opportunity to get a taste for the local repair and reuse culture. Here’s what we saw and what we learned.