Right to Repair
Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world, but manufacturers make it hard for us to keep our stuff in use for longer. Right to Repair means we can fix more and waste less.
Disposable is not a word that should describe our electronics, yet Americans dispose of 416,000 cell phones each day — just one type of the electronic waste that’s become the fastest growing waste stream in the world.
Part of the problem is that manufacturers make it unnecessarily difficult to repair our devices, leaving us to throw out our old devices and buy new ones. This excessive waste damages our environment, both in the disposal of that waste and by requiring more extraction of new raw materials from vulnerable ecosystems.
Our Right to Repair campaign is working to reduce waste, protect fragile ecosystems, and reduce greenhouse gas pollution by making the parts, tools and information we need available so we can fix our stuff and keep it in use for longer.
State Director, Alaska Environment Research & Policy Center