Positive news for waste reduction: from this summer the new ‘Right to Repair’ law is coming in. It aims to stop manufacturers shortening the lifespan of electrical goods, forcing consumers to replace washing machines, ovens and TVs every few years. Originally an EU initiative, the government is keeping a promise to implement the law aimed at both reducing the need for new materials and cutting energy waste. The aim is to extend the lifespan of products by up to 10 years, thus reducing the 1.5 million tonnes of electrical waste the UK produces every year.
For the first time, manufacturers will be legally obliged to make spare parts for products available to consumers. As well as a lack of spare parts, modern appliances are often glued or riveted together in such a way that they have to be broken open to access the parts that need fixing. New appliances will have to come with repair manuals and be made in a way that they can be dismantled using conventional tools when they really can’t be fixed any more, to improve recycling.
The energy efficiency rating system on white goods will also be tightened up. The new A-to-G scale will be complemented by a QR code to provide further information. The eco-standards required to be graded A will be much more stringent, allowing consumers to have a better understanding of the differences between appliances.
Whilst the new laws apply to large electrical goods, campaigners are pushing for it to extend to smaller devices like mobile phones, laptops and toasters, which will reduce individual household waste, energy consumption and costs spent on new items. Locally there are plenty of recommended menders, both on the high street and online, from the tailor inside the drycleaners to the local bike repair service that comes to your house.
WHERE TO MEND IN TEDDINGTON AND TWICKENHAM:
Clothes alterations and repairs:
Everything About Stitch, 92 Heath Road, Twickenham TW1 4BW
(020 8892 4790), everythingaboutstitch.business.site
PC, Mac, iPad and iPhone repairs:
PC MAC Doctors pcmacdoctors.com
– 164 High Street, Teddington, TW11 8HU (020 8977 8098)
– 443 Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 2EF (020 8843 7180)
Moore’s Cycles moorescycles.co.uk
– 61 London Rd, Twickenham TW1 3SZ, (020 8744 0175);
– 214 Kingston Rd, Teddington TW11 9JF, (020 8977 2925)
Twickenham Upholstery, 37 Heath Road, Twickenham TW1 4AW
(020 8891 0724), twickenhamupholstery.co.uk
Kate Chesshyre is the owner of The Refill Larder in Teddington