Right to Repair
Year of production: 2019
The Right to Repair is a campaign, launched in September 2019, and which quickly grew since to over 40 organisations active around the cause of repair from more than 16 European countries.
The campaign members represent community repair groups, environmental activists, social economy actors, self repair advocates and any citizen who would like to obtain their right to repair.
The aim of the campaign is fighting to remove the barriers to repair our products, so they can last for longer. The campaign started from an identified problem, namely, that the products that are used in everyday life are getting harder and harder to repair. Likewise, e-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world, with phone and laptops manufacturers making their products harder to fix.
The campaign and the network behind it support, among others, three short term objectives:
- Good design: EU legislation sets minimum design requirements to ensure easy disassembly and replacement of key components – starting with smartphones, laptops and other IT products.
- Fair access: the legal framework giving access to spare parts and repair information for repairers should be set in national registries which are fair and inclusive, and independent from manufacturers.
- EU to introduce a Scoring System on Repairability as part of the existing energy label for all energy-consuming products