Right-to-Repair Has Environmental Consequences

December 14, 2020

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Many tech companies deliberately avoid removable components from their technologies to encourage hardware replacement rather than repair.  

The European Parliament’s MEPs have called on the European Commission to extend a ruling on the right-to-repair for electronic devices such as laptops, mobile phones and tablets. When these technologies are unable to be repaired, it has consequences environmentally. If the ruling is adopted, tech manufacturers will have to develop devices with removable components so they can be easily repaired.

Unfortunately, other industries are following the tech industries lead. Automobiles are being designed so they can only be repaired by the manufacturer and farmers are buying or leasing new equipment that must be maintained by the manufacturer.

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