EU leap toward the Right to Repair needs an extra push

EU leap toward the Right to Repair needs an extra push

After having persistently pushed and advocated for measures facilitating repair[1], the RREUSE office optimistically welcomed the European Commission’s newly adopted EU Ecodesign regulations on 1 October 2019[2]. As of 2021 and for the very first time, the measures require manufacturers to produce longer-lasting products and provide professional repairers with spare parts up to 10 years after the purchase date. Added to that, spare parts will need to be replaceable using […]

Open letter: Google threatens existence of independent repair service providers

Open letter: Google threatens existence of independent repair service providers

At the initiative of Runder Tisch Reparatur, a German organisation composed of repairers, NGOs, consumer organisation, scientists and local repair initiatives, a joint letter was sent to the European Commissioners Margrethe Vestager (Competition) and Karmenu Vella (Environment) endorsed by 17 organisations from across Europe including RREUSE. This letter was addressing the issue of Google blocking adverts from independent repairers. Thousands of independent repairers are affected and can no longer advertise […]

3rd International Conference on the Role of Social & Solidarity Enterprises in the Circular Economy | 6 – 8 November 2019

3rd International Conference on the Role of Social & Solidarity Enterprises in the Circular Economy | 6 – 8 November 2019

• Para la versión en Castellano hacer clic aquí • • Euskarazko bertsioa lortzeko sakatu honako botoia • • Pour la version française, cliquez ici • 3rd International Conference on the Role of Social & Solidarity Enterprises in the Circular Economy • 6 – 8 November 2019 Berriozar (Pamplona) | Spain RREUSE, the European network of social enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling, is delighted to invite you to its […]

Developing partnerships for e-waste prevention, preparing for re-use and recycling

Developing partnerships for e-waste prevention, preparing for re-use and recycling

ReWEEE Workshop: Developing partnerships for e-waste prevention, preparing for re-use and recycling 15 May 2019 Warsaw, Poland   Aby przeczytać program po Polsku kliknij tutaj Download the agenda in English here  Register here   We are an official EU Green Week Partner Event!   RREUSE, the European network of social enterprises involved in repair, re-use and recycling activities invites you to a workshop on developing partnerships to improve the management of […]

European Elections 2019: Three priorities MEPs should take on board

European Elections 2019: Three priorities MEPs should take on board

Ahead of the European elections on 23 – 26 May 2019, we would like to urge prospective Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to include the following points into their work programme for an inclusive society and circular economy: Support the role and development of social enterprise in a circular economy Social enterprises are key actors when it comes to the insertion of people at risk of socio-economic exclusion, such as long-term […]

Opinion: Repairing electronics shouldn’t be rocket science

Opinion: Repairing electronics shouldn’t be rocket science

Last year Elon Musk made re-useable rockets a reality [1]. The dream of human activity on Mars inches ever closer. Meanwhile we’re cursing at the repair costs of a washing machine – it’s cheaper to replace. Why can’t Elon’s vision of re-use and repair work for our home appliances? It’s Circular Electronics Day – We’d like to highlight some good news about what the EU is doing to help…and it’s […]

Opinion: Making products repairable and reusable | Next step for an inclusive circular economy

Opinion: Making products repairable and reusable | Next step for an inclusive circular economy

Even though 77 % of EU citizens would rather have their products fixed than replaced by new [1], too many electronics, textiles and furniture items still get dumped. This is a missed opportunity for the environment and the creation of local meaningful jobs in the EU. We all have a 30-year-old washing machine in mind that our grand-parents still use because, “well, it still works”, while ours is already falling […]

RREUSE 2017 Impact & Activity Report

RREUSE Activity Report 2017 Learn more about our policy work, communications and projects: Download the report here RREUSE Network Impact 2017 The 1,000 social enterprises making up RREUSE’s wider network diverted 1,000,000 tonnes of material from landfill through re-use, repair & recycling and engaged around 160,000 employees, trainees and volunteers. For more details download the infographic here * The RREUSE Network Impact contains official updated 2017 figures. This data was […]

Final deal on Waste Framework Directive includes several support measures for re-use

Final deal on Waste Framework Directive includes several support measures for re-use

The European Parliament and EU Member States have agreed on clearer measures to support waste prevention and made notable steps to clarify the role of ‘preparing for re-use’ in the European waste hierarchy as part of a revised European Waste Framework Directive.  Whilst regrettably lower in ambition compared to the European Parliament’s original negotiating position, RREUSE welcomed the revised legislation but says member states will now need to take further […]

European re-use sector gathers to promote the human dimension of a circular economy

At the end of November over one hundred participants from thirteen European countries met in Charleroi, Belgium, to discuss the role of social enterprise in a circular economy. The conference organised by RREUSE demonstrated the key social and environmental impact of re-use and explored different forms of collaboration between social enterprise, public authorities and the private sector. The event coincided with the ongoing implementation of the European Commission’s circular economy […]