For previous generations it was perfectly normal. If a device was faulty but too good to throw away, it was repaired.
Now with its ‘right to repair’ law, France is stepping back into the past – at least where electronic devices are concerned.
The new directive, in force since January, allows consumers to repair their device in favor of purchasing a new one.
Manufacturers are required to provide a ‘reparability index’ for their products, an initiative that could see the repair rate for items such as vacuum cleaners increase from 40% to 60%.
Fingers crossed that other countries follow suit in order to combat the 45 million tons of global e-waste produced every year.
Next step: EU-wide consensus. Goodbye throwaway culture!