Right to Repair, especially in an 'Emerging Market Economy'


The message here is simple: we should have the right to repair the stuff we bought.

It’s in our best interest to keep it functional for as long as we can maintain it that way. Not only that, it’s also in the interest of our environment, to not just throw away broken things without even trying to repair them. The least we can do is to maximize the use of stuff, so we don’t have to be digging up the ground for precious metals or cutting down trees for wood, or what have you.

We don’t want to be minding companies lobbying against this right, like Apple (ETA 4 Aug 2020: Apple releases a 99-page “environmental progress report”)

Manuals and schematics (two copies, ideally: one hard copy, one soft copy, and the latter should be readily available on the internet) should be provided along with the product, including, among others, the necessary steps to maintain it, troubleshooting problems, and a list of entities and/or individuals capable of more technical repair should we find the problem beyond our skills.

This goes beyond consumer electronics, though. We should be repairing any stuf ranging from furniture, agriculture and farming, automotive, clothing, medical device repair, etc.

More power to the electricians putting up stalls, even on the sidewalk, to offer their services to repair your electric motors (fans, washing machines, etc.).

More power to the tailors and their sewing machines (or old-fashioned hand-sewing skills!) for patching up the holes in our fabrics.

More power to the technicians we commonly go to when our smartphones are acting up.

More power to the carpenters, masons, welders, plumbers, and all-around handymen whom we rely for the small home repairs.

One of the best ways we can reduce our consumption under Capitalism is by supporting our right to repair. To do that, we have to, duh, strongly consider repairing any broken items first, before even thinking of disposing them. TNU



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