New EU rules could spell the end to the ‘throwaway culture’ with products having a short usable lifespan then being binned rather than repaired. New EU regulations have been passed that will hopefully ensure that products are designed and manufactured to last, and are also repairable. They will apply to a range of items such as mobile phones, textiles, electronics, batteries, construction and packaging.
Although the plan is for the EU, even post Brexit the UK will benefit from this, as manufacturers will probably find that it is not worthwhile to make cheap disposable products just for the British market.
This is great news for the environment, reducing items going to landfill, and also reducing the need for raw materials. This is part of a bigger picture ‘Circular Economy Action Plan’ part of the European Green Deal.