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The benefits of repairing the things you own

Why should you care about Right to Repair?

The benefits of repairing the things you own
Casey Blakely
April 5, 2024
Circular Economy

In today's consumer-driven society, the lifespan of products seems to grow shorter with each passing year.  Even if we wanted to repair the things we buy, planned obsolescence, restricted access to repair information, limited availability of spare parts, software parts pairing restrictions all help to foster and contribute to a culture of disposability.

According to the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, e-waste has increased exponentially, up 82% in 2022 from 2010.

Why is this important?

The right to repair encourages product lifespan longevity, thereby reducing the need for frequent replacements. By repairing and refurbishing items instead of discarding them, we can significantly decrease the volume of waste sent to landfills, which is a solution with limitations and consequences. Despite precautions, landfills run the risk of leaking pollutants to the surrounding area reducing air and water quality.

Giving repair right back to the individual who bought and now owns a product, allows them the freedom to use and repair that product as they see fit. Instead of repeatedly buying new items, individuals can save money by investing in repairs or performing them independently. 

Further, allowing open repair information empowers small businesses to prosper and build an inventory of parts, reducing e-waste. A major blocker to this is parts pairing. Major brands like Apple spend time and money lobbying against legislation, as is evident from Oregon’s new right-to-repair law. This mentality stifles small businesses further and reduces the consumers choice freedoms.

Independent repair technicians and small businesses play a crucial role in servicing and maintaining a wide range of products. By supporting these local repair communities, we can cultivate a culture of innovation, creativity, and resourcefulness.

What can you do about it?

It’s unrealistic to expect anyone to stop purchasing products from tech giants, in today’s modern society technology is a necessity to accomplish most things in our daily lives. A great place to start is by being informed of legislation that is being passed. Governments around the world are beginning to recognize the importance of the right to repair and are implementing policies to support it. Legislation mandating manufacturers to provide repair manuals, diagnostic tools, and spare parts is gaining traction in various regions. These regulatory measures aim to level the playing field for consumers and independent repair businesses, promoting competition and consumer choice.

Additionally, make conscious efforts to find a repair solution for damages. Support your local businesses if you can, or try some DIY solutions. Donating is a great option as well. 

Lastly, sign up for Kwipoo. We are on a mission to give back control of your things. From tracking your usage and helping you organize, to providing repair opportunities to you and your community, Kwipoo wants to help.