At Fixable we are constantly trawling the net for interesting and inspiring stories about people and organisations doing great things with repair and reuse. Saying that, we also often come across stories that make us want to scream. But let's focus on the positives today. Here’s a few that have caught our eye over recent times...
The computer hardware company Dell, in collaboration with Intel, showing what tech companies actually CAN do if they want to - building a modular laptop (still prototype) with the aim to make “components immediately accessible, replaceable, and reusable.” https://hothardware.com/news/dell-concept-luna-sustainable-pc
This brings to mind the clever people at Fairphone in the Netherlands, who have created a smarter smartphone - another modular device that can be repaired more easily: https://www.fairphone.com/en/story/ Not directly available in Australia yet, sadly, but we hope it’s just a matter of time.
At WashPIRG (a US-based Public Interest Research Group), they’ve taken a leaf out of France’s book and started scoring companies on the repairability of their products: https://washpirg.org/news/waf/‘failing-fix’-scorecard-grades-apple-google-dell-others-how-fixable-their-devices-are This is something that’s on our roadmap at Fixable, and we look forward to collaborating with other organisations doing this in various countries.
And while we don’t want to get political, in Australia we need to give credit to the Australian Democrats for their, frankly, amazing right-to-repair policy, which we hope is emulated by whichever party forms government at the next election: https://www.democrats.org.au/r2r/