And why they’re working so hard across the country to prevent similar initiatives

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Things used to be made to last — but the lifespan of modern electronics is much shorter than it once was, and keeps getting shorter.

This trend means more sales for manufacturers, and there is increasing concern that our products are designed to become obsolete more quickly. Another factor reducing the lifespans of our devices is that manufacturers have made it increasingly difficult to repair their products, limiting the options consumers have when something stops working. The Right to Repair movement aims to disrupt this cycle by providing consumers with parts, tools and service information needed to fix their stuff.

We should be given the tools to fix the things we own

Repairing electronics can help decrease e-waste output. Photo courtesy of Tech Dump

When you buy a product, you should be able to do whatever you want with it. If it breaks, you should be able to fix it, or find someone who can. At least, that’s how it used to work.

It has become increasingly difficult to repair the things we own. It’s now easier to simply throw out these products and buy a new one. From your dishwasher to the iPhone in your pocket, products are purposefully being made to be difficult, if not impossible, to repair.

Companies profit from this cycle of waste — or planned obsolescence — and the…

Jamie Allendorf

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