New ‘right to repair’ rules

And cracking down on practices used by manufacturers to shorten the lifespan of their products.

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Manufacturing are nervous about ‘right to repair’ initiatives happening in Europe and North America:

Automakers sue to block ‘right to repair’ question

As internal memos at Apple surface regarding the ‘Right to Repair’ issue, the European Parliament passed a Resolution on the Matter Wednesday – Patently Apple

Just as the European Parliament pushes for greater access for consumers to fix their own things:

EU Push Consumers’ ‘Right to Repair’ Their Own Electronics | IE

It’s quite a step forward:

The European Parliament has voted in favor of “right to repair” rules for Europe that would make it easier for consumers to repair their own devices, while also cracking down on practices used by manufacturers to shorten the lifespan of their products.

Broke your smartphone? ‘Right to repair’ rules just took another step forward – TechRepublic

WIth a news release from Right to Repair Europe:

The European Parliament secures a big win for the Right to Repair as MEPs come together across political divisions and stand by consumers and the environment in the fight against throw-away products. 

European Parliament stands by consumers and the environment in the fight against obsolescence – Right to Repair Europe

This is part of the campaign against ‘planned obsolescence’:

Futures Forum: Planned Obsolescence: and The Men Who Made Us Spend

Of course, whether the UK chooses to adopt these laws or go futher…

EU votes for “Right to repair” avoiding unnecessary electronic waste – Macworld UK

Meanwhile, Sidmouth has its Repair Café of course:

Sidmouth Repair Cafe

Sidmouth Repair Café offers a way to mend broken items. | Sidmouth Herald

   
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