Also Known as “The Fair To Repair Law In Other States” if passed would mean manufacturers must provide access to repairing informational resources like schematics as well as replacement parts.
Consumers would be able to fix their equipment more comfortably and cost-effectively and having peace of mind for not “infringing” any copyright or other crazy laws imposed by manufactures at the same time.
There are currently 8 States leading the “Right To Repair Act.” Illinois, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Minnesota, Kansas, and Wyoming.
Right To Repair Law = More Money In Your Pockets
Why get a new cell phone, a new computer or a new washer, right? When you can have it fixed by a third-party service and not necessarily by using the manufacturer repairing process which it is, by all means, a pain in the butt. Having to ship your device and wait who knows how long, not to mention the overpriced fees.
Why not even fix it yourself ? for those of us that are curious about how things work and like to brag about it with friends and family lol, that great satisfaction feeling after a successful repair, it is just priceless 🙂
Repair Is Green
We are throwing “away” our broken electronics but ever wonder where exactly “away” is?
E-waste landfills, located in less developed countries are polluting ecosystems that need to see an end, and that is precisely what the “Right to Repair Act,” is promoting.
We can definitely save so much money fixing our electronics and give them a second life chance either for ourselves or for someone else in need of a more cost-effective option while protecting our environment from such harmful chemicals at the same time.
Repair Creates Jobs
The repair industry is growing every year, and it is one of the businesses that always prevail even in a down economy, the reason is simple, consumers want to make the most of their electronic devices vs. having to break the bank for a new one.
It is really a win-win economy for consumers and fixers alike, we can see more and more locally mom-and-pop smartphone repair shops popping up. The electronic device and computer repair industry are bringing approx. 21 billion in annual revenue! Not to mention the appliance repair Industry.
Repairing vs Recycling
What is more effective? Recycling is not the best answer, though.
Repairing creates 6 times more jobs than recycling and uses way fewer resources, and we definitely pay those wasted resources every year. Recycling is not as green as we might think, sure is better than throwing away but definitely not the first option.
Hundreds of resources and materials are used to make a single phone or tablet, that is why recycling is such a waste of raw materials, water, energy and worker hours that we can’t see when we buy our gadgets.
Recycling As The Last Resort
We might think recycling is the answer, sure is better than just throwing away our unused electronics but when we really have no option but to get rid of them there’re companies like “The Salvation Army” and “GoodWill” collecting those unused devices and giving them a second life chance for people that may not have the resources or just aren’t in urge for the latest electronics in the market.
They even have dedicated volunteer techs ready to bring back to life that good computer equipment.
Another example of job-creating with nearly 8,000 Salvation Army stores in the United States and more than 2,800 GoodWill Stores and many other charity shops like Value Village Savers more than 350 stores across US, Canada, and Australia, St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Shop running many stores in different countries including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada and the United States.
The best defense against that kind of environmental impact is making our electronics last longer, repairing will extend the life of our devices: we can replace batteries, replace broken components or even upgrade their capacities which means less waste in the landfills and keeping all the energy and raw materials used when manufactured. Nothing goes to waste.
Light VS Dark
There are indeed two sides to the Right To Repair Act. Some leading companies that are on the light side are: Dell, Lenovo, Patagonia, FairPhone, Motorola, among others make their repair manuals available online.
On the dark side, we can find Apple, Samsung, Toshiba, Nikon and some others who make it hard and do not “allow” third party service technicians to obtain repair manuals, tools and parts. Technically anyone who opens their devices for any reason is infringing their nonsense copyright laws.
The DIY Movement
The war over The Right To Repair Act is taking place all over the world, and 2018 was a good hell of a year for the movement. Visit Repair.org for the latest regarding this battle against the Giants.
2019 looks very promising as well with more right to repair bills being set in place so we can have access to service manuals, diagrams, and parts. Let’s make our part and protect our right to repair, create new jobs, and save our environment. Let’s tell our state senators that we want to stand up for our right to repair. Visit the Right To Repair Act Advocacy page and write or call with the tools provided there 🙂
Doing it yourself is really is not too hard, with the proper tools and a bit of free time you can for sure save money and help the environment at the same time.
There are hundreds of help guides and videos on the internet and my goal here on this blog is to increase that help by putting together some guides and videos myself. You can also comment here any questions or suggestions so we can gather and help each other!
If I do not have the answer I will even look it up for you and hopefully get an answer and if it is not me maybe someone else reading can also help us out 🙂
So stay tuned for blog updates!