Repair is a key reuse activity that helps products to last for longer. Community repair prevents waste, saves CO2 and mends hearts.
A recent study by Oko-Institut found that repairing and keeping products televisions, smartphones, washing machines and notebooks going for longer could save 3.93 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents (CO2e) per year in Germany alone.
There are lots of repair centres and resources to help you repair your stuff. Many CRNI members offer repair services or courses on how to repair.
The RepairMyStuff directory helps you find local repair businesses anywhere in the country. An excellent blog on maintenance and repair of your everyday goods can also be found on the Living Lightly website here.
You can find out how easy something is to repair before you buy it with ifixit .This site also containes a wealth of information about how to repair things at home.
Repair Cafes are free meeting places that are all about repairing things together. To find out how to set up a repair cafe visit here. You can also find all kinds of tips for repair and maintenance on their website, for smartphones, bicycles, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers, jewelery, lamps and sewing machines.
The Right to Repair is about facilitating repair, ensuring products are designed for repair and supporting repairers of all kinds.
The European Commission adopted repairability requirements on October 1st 2019 affecting TVs, monitors, fridges, freezers, washing machines, washer-dryers, dishwashers and lighting products. These requirements will impact way our products are manufactured and used from 2021 through minimum repairability requirements aimed at extending their lifetime.
But more still needs to be done. For the RREUSE response to these developments read here.
The Sharepair Interreg project is exploring ways to decrease WEEE from consumer products by scaling up citizen repair initiatives through the use of digital tools. Find out more here.
Since January 1st 2021, France is the first country in Europe to have implemented a repairability index on 5 categories of electronic devices. While this index is a key milestone for the Right to Repair in Europe, it isn’t without limitations. From how easy it is to obtain a good grade to self-declared scores by manufacturers and no sanctions until 2022, it comes with challenges that are important to acknowledge and discuss.
This webinar by Right to Repair covers the French repairability index.
CRNI is leading an EPA Green Enterprise project Circular Textiles, which will test the impact of three different separate collection systems for textiles and explore how we could manage the additional quantity of textiles that are collected. This project will be concluded in 2022.
For more information about the project see here.