Read The Circular Economy Blueprint paves the way for a Right to Repair in Europe by Chloé Mikolajczak (

The European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan unveiled today hits all the right notes to make ‘right to repair’ a reality in Europe. Promises will now need to be matched with concrete initiatives.

Right to Repair was included in the European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan.  This is great news – first steps towards making repair commonplace in Europe (again…)

Read Fixers Know What ‘Repairable’ Means—Now There’s a Standard for It (

Last week, three years of arguing with industry finally paid off, as the European standard EN45554 was published. This official document with an unexciting name details ”general methods for the assessment of the ability to repair, reuse and upgrade energy-related products.” In plain English, it?…

A standard for measuring how easy it is to repair stuff. Accepted as a European standard.

If products were labelled with it, you could make an informed choice on buying a product that will be easy to repair when it breaks.


Read New report! How ecodesign & energy labelling can prevent premature obsolescence of laptops (ECOS – European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation)

The proliferation of electronic devices which are difficult to repair and whose lifespans are shortening, contributes to one of the fastest growing waste streams in the EU.

Long live the machine – a great policy paper on things that the EU could do to force manufacturers to make laptops last longer.