Why Repairability Matters

Why Repairability Matters

By Stephanie Seferian

In some ways, our preponderance toward tech disposability is systemic. We consumers in the US are denied the right to repair: fixing a broken smartphone, then, is costly. It's simply more convenient to replace our broken item for the newest model. When your device is broken you should have more options than a high-priced service or the landfill, and New York agrees. The Digital Fair Repair Act should make it easier to repair our smartphones and laptops at shops of *our* choosing. It's good news, because the law may ultimately bring down repair prices for all of us. And if repair is affordable? Fingers crossed, tech stays out of landfills. On today's show: Nicholas De Leon from Consumer Reports breaks down this landmark grassroots consumer win.   Here's a preview: [3:45] Need-to-know details about New Yorks' Digital Fair Repair Act [9:00] Why aren't dishwashers, washing machines, and other "white goods" covered? [19:30] What if any benefits from NY's new law will non-New Yorkers receive?  [25:00] The bigger picture: Why repair what's designed to break?   Resources mentioned: New York Right-to-Repair Law Promises Easier, Cheaper Electronics Repairs (via Consumer Reports) iFixit   This show is listener-supported. Thank you for supporting! Join our (free!) Facebook community here. Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube @sustainableminimalists Say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.
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