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'Right to repair' gathers force

By BBC News

EU and US states are to introduce laws helping people to mend appliances that break downRead full story

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  • Henry Tobias Jones
    Henry Tobias JonesEditor of Dyson on: at Dyson

    This is an overwhelmingly good thing for consumers and the environment. Cheap to make, quick to break has been the unofficial mantra of far too many companies for too long. We deserve better products that work, and more importantly, that we can repair if needed. Nobody wants to drag companies over the coals and insist that they make unbreakable products, but if they break we should have the right to get them fixed for a reasonable price.

  • Akshat Rathi
    Akshat RathiSenior reporter at Quartz

    Businesses embraced planned obsolescence to boost revenue. It's a tight slap that the government has to introduce such regulations to reel in their excess.

  • This is extremely important, for consumers, the environment, and economic sustainability.

  • Tom Karches
    Tom KarchesGraduate Student at NCSU

    John Deere prevents farmers from fixing their own tractors. Something has to give.

  • An important step towards a more circular economy.

  • Great market opportunity for some customer focused manufacturers to seize the “long lasting” or “easy to repair” reputation and let customers vote with their wallets instead of politicians passing laws...

  • Elton Correia
    Elton CorreiaOwner / Operator at Empire Dezine Inc.

    This always comes back to “ You get what you pay for” If you buy a cheap product, don’t expect it to last. And for anyone that’s never fixed appliances before to just start because they can? Crazy. How do you simplify small motors? Circuit boards? Wiring harnesses? What if you just end up doing further damage to your machine. Sounds like the manufacturing companies will be making money on the extra parts you buy, followed by a new machine shortly after.

  • Jeremy Nitsch
    Jeremy Nitsch

    I think this is a fantastic shift. Why not build products that are tough as well as repairable and upgradable. My mother still uses a few kitchen devices built in the 60s....to me this speaks of sustainability via quality.

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