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Right To Repair – fix up don’t throw out

Modern technology has one major drawback compared to the tech of yesteryear. Unfortunately, you can’t fix anything on your own. It used to be when something broke down, you could fix it yourself or take it to a local repair place. That time is over but right to repair laws wants to bring it back and that could be great news for the environment.

When something breaks down, we throw it out because they are not designed to be easily repaired. This is true of large household appliances and handheld gadgets. This leads to more waste overall. The right to repair would force companies to make products that last longer and are possible to repair if they break.

Of course this won’t be possible for everything, there are products that general consumers simply should not crack open for safety reasons but you should be able to fix up a camera or replace a bolt on a washing machine, for example, or at the very least take products to local shops and have them mended for a fair cost. The laws are still in their infancy but if they are passed they will help our gadgets stay out of the landfill for a little while longer.

Donyae’s love for technology is based on a need to survive our future robotic overlords. Know thy enemy as you know yourself. But since even odds are on the zombie future, she has also learned how to prepare squirrel. You can find her on Facebook until the robots – or zombies – rise up.

Donyae Coles – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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