Since January 1, 2021, a law has entered into force to encourage consumers to have their electronic devices repaired instead of buying new ones. Passed as part of the anti-waste law, this measure imposes on manufacturers and resellers the obligation to indicate the repairability index on their smartphones and laptops, giving a rating ranging from 1.5 to 9.5 / 10. This will thus make it possible to fight both against planned obsolescence and against global warming.

To make this clue visible to consumers, a colored logo representing gears and a monkey wrench is attached to the rating. To establish the repairability index, electronic manufacturers evaluate their products according to five criteria using calculation grids: the availability of documentation, disassembly, access and tools, availability of spare parts, the price of spare parts, and a final criterion specific to the category of equipment concerned.

Smartphones, laptops, televisions, washing machines and lawn mowers are the 5 test products required to display this index. However, this could evolve quickly and also affect other types of electronic devices such as tablets, games consoles or accessories like wireless headphones.

This new measure comes into force within the framework of the anti-waste law n ° 2020-105 of February 10, 2020, which aims, among other things, to promote the circular economy and to limit the consequences of planned obsolescence.

Like most of the things people use to buy, smartphones and high-tech products aren’t meant to last and aren’t designed to be upgradeable. Often, batteries are even glued or welded, spare parts for repairs aren’t easily available, there are also some abuse of exclusive connectors, etc. The reasons for planned obsolescence are numerous. As a player involved in the environmental conservation, &COLLAB is glad that the French government took such a good measure and offer a rating system for smartphones based on their repairability.

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