People have had enough. From the US to Europe, we are reclaiming our right to repair. We demand easy access to information, spare parts and repair tools. We want a better product design that makes repair possible at a reasonable price.
The proportion of defective devices being replaced by consumers grew from 3.5% in 2004 to 8.3% in 2012 (source)
This may be costing German consumers €110 a month per person (source)
A long-lasting washing machine will generate over 20 years 1.1 tonnes less CO2 than a short-lived model. This analysis takes into account manufacturing, distribution, use and end-of-life treatment (source)
Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world (source)
Only 35% of electronic waste in the EU is collected and treated properly (source)
Eco-design and circular economy
The current situation is unsustainable for governments and businesses that are highly dependent on virgin raw materials imported from far-away countries, despite solutions being already available in Europe to improve repair and reuse.
The good news is that we have the right policy instrument to reverse this trend. It’s called EU Ecodesign.
With 80% of the environmental impacts of products determined at design stage, product design has the potential to increase repairability, durability and recyclability of products.