07 October 2019

ECOS and partners join forces to launch a Right to Repair campaign in Europe

With only 35% of electronic waste in the EU being collected and treated properly, the detrimental effects of our throwaway culture are ever more apparent - and we have had enough. Studies have shown that a great majority of EU consumers would rather repair their goods than buy new ones. The time is right to ensure that products placed on the EU market are designed to be durable and can be repaired when broken.

The new minimum repairability requirements for TVs, monitors, fridges, washing machines, dishwashers and lighting products which come into force in 2021 are a step in the right direction. A long way to go remains, however, before repair becomes the norm.

For this reason, ECOS has joined forces with partner organisations EEB, iFixit, Runder Tisch Reparatur and the Restart Project to launch the Right to Repair campaign, calling on European policy-makers to take all necessary measures, so that our products last longer and can be repaired. The campaign, officially launched on 21 September, has already attracted its first members and is expected to grow rapidly.

Right to Repair aims to change our production and consumption patterns by highlighting the benefits of the extended lifetime of different products and advocates for ambitious policy measures to make the right to repair a reality.

Do you also believe it’s wrong to replace and right to repair? Would you like to join us? Visit www.repair.eu and learn how!

You can also stay up to date with the campaign activities on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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