As consumer waste continues to rise, conversations across Europe have turned to how companies can be encouraged to repair their products, rather than simply asking consumers to replace them. Consumer Protection Minister Steffi Lemke has now weighed in on the debate, calling for Germany to introduce a nationwide repairability index.

A French repairability index already exists

Lemke argues that with a repairability index, consumers would be better informed about the life expectancy of their purchases and would better understand their contribution to the country’s consumer waste. “With the right to repairs, we will take an important step away from the throwaway society,” the minister said to dpa. “It makes sense to have a repairability index that shows how easy it is to repair a product.”. . .

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