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The country rejecting throwaway culture
by Peter Yeung
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28 January 2021
On 28 January 2021 BBC reported:
The combination of enthusiastic amateurs, repair cafes, and new laws could help tackle the world's growing mountains of broken electronics. In an effort to defuse this vast amount of avoidable waste, France's National Assembly last year voted to introduce an index of 'repairability' ratings for appliances such as washing machines, lawnmowers, televisions, and smartphones. In doing so, the French government hopes to increase the electronics repair rate to 60 percent within five years.
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Those rules came into force in January and require manufacturers to display ratings -- similar to the energy ratings system already widely in place -- that are calculated using five measures: ease of repairability, price of spare parts, availability of spare parts, availability of repair documentation, and a final measure that will vary depending on the type of device.
... The ratings scheme has been heralded as the first of its kind in the world, laying the groundwork for other countries to follow. It's hoped the French system will start a race between companies to improve repairability.
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