Blog | A morning at Emmaüs Strasbourg: Learning about an inclusive re-use community

When we stepped out of the bus at the ‘Bruche’ station in the Strasbourg’s suburb, we were not the only ones to do so. Most of our fellow passengers – carrying empty shopping trolleys and bags – were heading towards the same direction as us: Emmaüs Strasbourg. On the short walk to the community [1], we were crossing the path of early birds who already got what they needed to […]

Repair truck ‘Tour de France’

Repair truck ‘Tour de France’

In October Envie France, a nation-wide federation of regional and local social enterprises active in re-use and repair of electronics, organised an awareness raising campaign on repair by sending a repair truck to eight French cities. The aim of the project was to encourage people to repair their broken devices and to explain the importance of keeping their products in working order. The repair truck visited eight major French cities […]

Online retailers failing on take back scheme

Online retailers failing on take back scheme

The French consumer body CLCV says half of major online electrical retailers are failing to take back used goods for free when customers buy a similar product, as required under French law. The survey of 22 major suppliers found that almost a third don’t offer free take-back, while others charge additional fees for delivery when take-back is required. Almost a fifth of sites are also failing to display recycling fees, […]

New French legislation pushes for longer-lasting products

New French legislation pushes for longer-lasting products

A new law in France has been passed that will oblige product retailers to inform the customer about how long spare parts will be available for the products they buy. Published in December 2014, the new law, could help to improve the chances that goods will be repaired rather than thrown out when they go wrong. The rules follow conditions set out in Article 6 of the French Consumers’ Law, published in […]