This café in Denmark fixes your damaged electrical goods for free

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Six years ago, “Repair Café” in Copenhagen started holding special events where customers could bring in damaged electrical appliances and have them repaired for free.

“We have to take care of the planet,” says Stig Bomholt, café chairman.

“We can not afford to live as we used to live, so we have to make a move so as not to throw things out while they are still working”

But it is not always easy. Some manufacturers build devices in such a way that they are very difficult to open and repair. Sometimes it is impossible to get them back to life.

Chloe Mikolajczak, one of the campaigners behind the “Right to Repair” explains: “Whether it’s the glue that makes it very difficult to remove a part and replace it, or the use of proprietary tools or the fact that spare parts or repair information are very difficult to access.”

Denmark is pushing for a new policy to be introduced throughout the European Union, a set of guidelines that will assess electrical appliances on a scale from zero to 10 according to their repairability.

Such an index has existed in France since the beginning of the year and has given consumers the opportunity to assess a potential purchase based on its life expectancy before making a purchase.


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