Right to repair: A fix for our throwaway world

Annoyed that you can’t get that newish appliance repaired for a reasonable cost? You’re not alone. Sharon Stephenson meets women who are campaigning for the Right to Repair, and want a law change that would force manufacturers to make products that can be fixed.

If you’re a fan of the popular British TV show The Repair Shop, you might have seen presenter Jay Blades bemoaning our “throwaway society”.

“The way the consumerist society works is that we buy something new and if it doesn’t work, we just throw it away and get another one,” he says. “There’s no concept of ‘making do and mending’ the way our grandparents did. It’s just wrong.”

Jay and his fellow restorers aren’t the only ones trying to turn…

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