Household appliances will become easier to repair thanks to new standards being adopted across the European Union.
From 2021, firms will have to make appliances longer-lasting, and they will have to supply spare parts for machines for up to 10 years.
The rules apply to lighting, washing machines, dishwashers and fridges.
Decent start, but we still have a long road ahead of us on this issue.
I am a bit conflicted, or rather “in the middle”.
It makes sense for some appliances, like fridge where a new compressor, or a refrigerant refill will easily extend the life of an otherwise working appliance.
However for more delicate devices, like a microwave it is easier, cheaper, and also safer just to throw it away. It does not sound environmentally conscious, however a house fire would cause much larger amount of carbon emissions.
Same for mobile devices. I like being able to replace components on my larger laptop. However for a phone, it requires actual skill. (I have physically broken the battery during a cracked screen replacement. I then had to replace the battery too, but fixing the phone is too tedious and error prone). So for those devices, having independent repair shops seems like a good compromise.