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 […]

European Parliament urges Commission and Member States to promote longer product lifespans

European Parliament urges Commission and Member States to promote longer product lifespans

On 9th of June 2017 the European Parliament voted favourably on a report outlining how the EU could help extend the lifetime of products and help boost the declining repair sector in Europe. Whilst legally non-binding, the report led by MEP Pascal Durand further helps reinforce product durability and reparability on the European political agenda, responding to the 77 % of EU consumers that would prefer to try to repair broken […]

Commission report proposes measures for longer-lasting washing machines and dishwashers

Commission report proposes measures for longer-lasting washing machines and dishwashers

The Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a draft report highlighting policy recommendations for improving the durability, reusability and reparability of washing machines and dishwashers. Once finalised, the findings will be used to inform future proposals from the European Commission to revise existing ‘eco-design’ rules for these types of appliances. The new rules could be submitted for discussion with stakeholders in the Spring of next year. The lifespan of […]

EU Parliament vote on circular economy missed opportunity to support re-use and to create jobs

EU Parliament vote on circular economy missed opportunity to support re-use and to create jobs

Reacting to today’s vote in the European Parliament on a report on Resource efficiency: moving towards a circular economy, Michal Len, Director of RREUSE, a network of re-use organisations in Europe said: “Setting separate targets for re-use of goods in addition to those for recycling is crucial to cutting resource use, creating green jobs and giving access to basic material needs especially for low income groups. The report approved today […]

Longer-lasting white goods cut environmental impacts by 30% – study

Longer-lasting white goods cut environmental impacts by 30% – study

The benefits of making large household electrical goods last longer have been underlined by a new report carried out for the European Commission. The research carried out in preparation for an update to the European Commission’s Ecodesign rules looks at the resource savings and reduction in harmful environmental impacts that can be made by extending the life of dishwashers, and making them easier to repair and eventually recycle. The report […]

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 […]

Investigation into the Repairability of Domestic Washing Machines, Dishwashers and Fridges

Investigation into the Repairability of Domestic Washing Machines, Dishwashers and Fridges

The current pace of our society’s consumption is increasing our demand for finite raw materials and creating an enormous waste problem. Factors contributing to this overconsumption include latest fashion trends, but also the increasing difficulties encountered in maintaining or repairing our products1. In the case of electric and electronic equipment (EEE), the inability to extend a product lifetime through repair results in a tremendous waste of resources, materials and energy […]

Position Paper on Integrating Resource Efficiency into Ecodesign Implementing Measures

Position Paper on Integrating Resource Efficiency into Ecodesign Implementing Measures

The members of RREUSE work in the field of reuse, repair and recycling of a number of waste streams including WEEE and are very well placed to offer insights into how product design can affect lifespans of products. Download (pdf)