The European Union is working hard to make it easier for consumers to be able to repair their household electronics and appliances. Currently when something in your home breaks you tend to go buy a new replacement instead of trying to repair it because that could void the warranty; which results in a lot of unnecessary waste. The EU and at least 18 U.S. states have voted on a series of proposals that look at manufacturing rules and aim to make household goods sturdier, last longer and easier to fix.
Groups such as Consumer Reports and others in the “right to repair” movement are pushing for standards that would force manufacturers to make is easier for consumers and repair shops to work on everything from lighting to televisions and large house appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers. Manufactures are fighting back because they would prefer to make more money from you replacing your broken and worn out electronics or going directly to them to have them fixed. Gay Gordon-Byrne of the The Repair Association added to CR: “They’re fighting their customers. I don’t think that’s a winning strategy.”