We Need the Right to Repair Our Electronics!

  • by: Steven Williams
  • recipient: Apple, Huawei, Samsung, Sony, Nokia, OnePlus

Samsung recently announced it was ditching non-essential plastic in its electronics and mobile phones in favor of bioplastics and recyclable materials like paper and card.

This is great news and follows a number of others including Apple and Huawei doing the same. Yet, the electronics industry is still responsible for a massive amount of waste  oftentimes because it is so hard and expensive to repair our electronics goods. The whole point of this from their perspective is to keep us buying more products, but that means throwing away the old ones.

The saying is "reduce, reuse and recycle". But these companies are making it so hard to repair their products that you can't reuse or recycle them.

That has to change. These companies have the power to make their profucts last longer and make repairing them easier so that fewer overall are going to landfills.

To stop our electronics goods and mobile phones ending in landfills we the undersigned call on electronics makers to create an industry-wide agreement that puts the right to repair as a cornerstone of their sustainability policy.

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