‘Right to repair’ law in the EU to cover phones and tablets

The European Union has revealed steps it is taking to move towards a circular economy.

A new announcement unveiled European plans to extend the “right to repair’ legislation to makers of electronic devices such as phones, tablets, and laptops. Under these plans, makers will have to make their products easier to repair and reuse.

The goal, according to Positive News, is to increase recycling of such devices as there are only around 40 per cent currently being recycled.

Miquel Ballester Salvà, co-founder and innovation lead at sustainable smartphone maker Fairphone, wrote in a blog post: “This initiative will promote longer product lifetimes through reuse, repair, upgradable components, and extended software support”.

This new measure comes under a wider Circular Economy Action Plan from the EU, which aims to make Europe’s “economy fit for a green future, strengthen our competitiveness while protecting the environment and give new rights to consumers”.

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