Why do we need a 'Right to Repair' Law?
Common everyday household items such as lighting, kettles, toasters, irons, televisions and large home appliances or 'white goods' are often found in landfill because when they break, replacement often seems like the easiest option. Consumers are finding themselves in a perpetual cycle of replacing household goods every 3-5 years either because their warranty has expired, the parts are not available to repair it, or simply because the machine is glued or fused together meaning an attempt at repair will break it completely.
Frustratingly, every time we are forced to buy a replacement (which fuels climate change from the greenhouse gases released in the manufacturing process) a repair would have been the simplest solution if only it were available.
This frustration from environmentally focused consumers is inevitably resulting in a growing backlash against the manufacturers who are producing these short-life commodities.
In many cases consumers are forced to return broken goods directly to the manufacturer for repair because parts are not independently available or instructions for repair are not included with the sale of the item.
Consumers complain that this creates an 'anti-competitive practice' of costly repair bills and increased waiting times for repair which often means repurchasing is a more viable choice - which in effect is not helping us to achieve a circular economy.
What is Britain's Stance on the Proposed 'Right to Repair' Laws?