Right to Repair
Since starting on my 'repair project' some years ago, I have worked with countless independent and community repairers. It is clear that we can all make a contribution by getting our things repaired or reusing them, thereby saving resources, avoiding waste, helping the environment and contributing to the circular economy. However, individual action only takes us so far. To make a real impact there is a need for wider, collective action and to do that we need the right to repair.
In 2018 I attended and photographer FixFest in Manchester, where the Manchester Declaration was signed. A manifesto for the right to repair in the UK.
The right to repair movement aims to provide us all with the right to independent repair, to have the legal right, access to information, spares, tools and affordable repairs. already around 20 US states have passed right to repair bills. That activism is being spearheaded by organisations like Rreuse and the Restart Project, and in the US PIRG and iFixit who work with activists, provide online repair manuals and tools to enable you to repair. In Europe the EU recently passed a law requiring right to repair for appliances. 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.
This year I attended the international FixFest 2019 in Berlin. Delegates from across the world including independent and community repairers, academia and education, government and activists came together to share ideas and build capability to scale the right to repair movement.
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