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To: Defra, BEIS and the UK delegation to the EU

Give us the longer-lasting products we want

07/10/19 We won

The measures for longer-lasting appliances were officially approved by the European Commission this week! We're celebrating this as a turning point in the way we produce/use stuff. But this is just the beginning and we have some big struggles ahead.

PLEASE SIGN UP AND JOIN the new, European Right to Repair campaign

Give us the longer-lasting products we want

A massive opportunity to transform our throw-away economy could be lost, with the real possibility that Europe's member states water down or vote against key measures in the European Commission's “Circular Economy Package”, which promise more repairable, longer-lasting products. The UK must publicly commit to stop opposing.

Why is this important?

There is greater public support for combating waste than ever before, with the crisis of plastic in the oceans, food waste gaining a massive profile across Europe and the world in the past year. Looking beyond food and packaging, the public wants better products. A survey by the Eurobarometer revealed that 77% of the European public is in favour of more repairable products.

**Globally, this is the year we’re projected to produce nearly 50m tons of electronic waste, which is nearly 1,000 Titanics’ worth.**

The European Commission has worked for years on the Circular Economy Package, with policies to govern resources and waste, including higher targets for recycling and exciting new provisions which will make appliances and electronics more repairable and longer-lasting:
• access to spare parts
• repair documentation
• easier disassembly

It's not just the extreme Eurosceptics in the UK and Italy who are attempting to block these transformative new standards. Manufacturers and other corporate lobbyists are working behind the scenes to scupper the most transformative and pro-planet measures ever proposed.

It's time for the UK to stop preventing Europe from standing up for the majority of its people.

Like most Europeans, we in the UK are also tired of early obsolescence of the products we buy. The European Parliament stood up for the people of Europe last year by voting in support of more repairable electronics.

The UK must support the Right to Repair, which will help our wallets, and save the planet — at once.


(All of this is occurring against the backdrop of a massive corporate lobby against “Right to Repair” legislation in 18 states in the United States. In the US, electronics manufacturers want to stop people from getting access to refurbished screens, to repair documentation and spare parts.)

More information:
German petition (111,000+ signatures delivered to Environment Minister):
Italian petition (78,000 signatures delivered to Environment Minister):

How it will be delivered

If we get enough signatures, we will deliver the petition to the UK government in London and the UK delegation to the EU, in Brussels.



2021-05-04 11:04:42 +0100

These measures will come into force here in the UK this summer, and the Right to Repair is featured now (Tuesday 4th May) on BBC Radio 4 - listen live or on catch up

BUT WE'RE NOT DONE YET! Please sign our new petition to keep the pressure up on the UK to expand Right to Repair

2019-10-07 11:27:58 +0100

Petition is successful with 2,319 signatures

2019-10-04 17:09:17 +0100

The measures for longer-lasting appliances were officially approved by the European Commission this week! We're celebrating this as a turning point in the way we produce/use stuff.

PLEASE SIGN UP AND JOIN the new, European Right to Repair campaign


HELP US push for more products to be included, and access to spare parts and repair documentations for *all* pros, communities and DIY-ers.

(As The Restart Project, we are the lead UK organisation in this campaign and we will continue to pressure the UK government to align with these EU standards, or do better. This is our last and final update on this petition.)

2019-01-14 15:48:23 +0000

Massive news coverage in the UK last week. "Government Ministers have told the BBC that similar rules would be introduced in the UK after Brexit". from 32:50: - we will post a final update with a summary of what was won and what was lost in the past month, and an invite to join an emerging, multi-year "Right to Repair" campaign.

2019-01-08 15:33:52 +0000

We're into the final days of the season of votes - dishwashers and washing machines. We greeted delegates again in Brussels today with broken machines, emphasising the need for spare parts *for all*, and design for disassembly and repair. We'll only hear the result in coming days via friendly member states, as the vote result is not public

2018-12-13 12:04:39 +0000

More detail on Monday's overall outcome. Key repair provisions saved, however DIY, community and indie repairers risk exclusion from access to crucial spare parts and documentation:

2018-12-13 10:15:25 +0000

The first vote of the season of votes took place Monday, and we're happy to report that the UK played a non-blocking, silent role in the debate and ended up voting for partially pro-repair measures with all other member states. We would like to see the UK continue with this same position through 10th January, when the season of votes ends. (Monday's result is still not "official" as the public is simply not allowed access to the resulting documents, but we have heard this from friendly member states.)

2018-12-06 13:25:37 +0000

The first votes on this begin on Monday, 10th December. Meanwhile the latest drafts circulating are *significantly* watered down, restricting access to spare parts and documentation to professionals, and focusing more on recycling than repair. However changes to the measures are still happening behind the scenes. Defra and Beis have an opportunity to fully support the original, non-watered down measures.

2018-11-08 14:14:38 +0000

Still no news from Defra or Beis on this. Meanwhile a new report by Green Alliance shows 75% of the British public support these kind of measures

2018-10-05 16:00:26 +0100

Thanks in part to public pressure, the measures have been given a green light by the European Commission. However, over the next couple of months, before a Council of the European Union vote (where each member country votes) they could be watered down significantly. We need to maintain our mobilisation and pressure on the UK to step out of the way. More detail here:

2018-10-03 13:33:52 +0100

Guardian coverage shows that counterfactual, stale, UK eurosceptic arguments are *still* wielding undue influence in Brussels. We need the UK government to make a statement NOW.

2018-09-29 11:31:56 +0100

We're pushing Defra to come out with a public statement on this issue - let's hope they come forward publicly in coming days. Time is short. Your pressure is helping. (Our contacts in Brussels believe the UK to be blocking due to their posture during a series of meetings on these measures.)

2018-09-28 00:06:18 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2018-09-27 14:33:16 +0100

A big swell in support for this petition this morning, Thursday 27 September. Thanks to all who have signed. Our next goal is 1,000. There are high-level EC meetings tomorrow and next week on this. Let's keep the pressure up!

2018-09-27 10:08:51 +0100

500 signatures reached

2018-09-25 15:37:22 +0100

100 signatures reached

2018-09-25 10:42:53 +0100

50 signatures reached

2018-09-25 09:43:42 +0100

25 signatures reached

2018-09-25 09:05:47 +0100

10 signatures reached