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November 2021

Back Market elected to the Right to Repair European Campaign steering committee

Today we’re throwing our hat in the ring and joining the Right to Repair European Campaign as part of its steering committee. Working alongside committee members iFixit, ECOS, EEB, Restart, Runder Tisch Reparatur and Repair and Share, we’re pretty psyched to continue advocating for pro-repair and pro-environment regulations at a larger scale, across Europe.

Electronics have a large environmental impact, most of which is produced at the time of manufacture and then again at the time of disposal. This impact can be massively reduced by prolonging the lives of our electronic devices through repair and refurbishment.

To do this effectively, we need manufacturers to cooperate — manufacturers that are, unfortunately, incentivized to do just the opposite in order to make more sales. The numbers speak for themselves: in Europe almost 7 new smartphones are sold every second, and although 77% of Europeans would prefer to repair their electronics instead of replacing them, only 11% end up doing so because of the high cost or lack of availability of repairs.

As a coalition of over 80 members across 18 European nations, the Right to Repair European Campaign is bringing this critical issue in front of decision makers and the broader public. Today, we are working to make electronics repair part of the European Green Deal. Support our efforts more concretely by supporting our 10 year smartphone project.

Here’s to the lazy ones

Buy now, buy now, buy… we’re tired, aren’t you?

It’s that time of the year when all the corporate bigwigs put the pressure on us to dive deep into our pockets and throw money their way. Every deal is “hot” and every sale is “for Black Friday only.”

Really?

Once we hit pause and start looking around, a lot of things suddenly feel very suspect. A new iPhone is released and suddenly the model we bought just a year ago feels old and a little less cutting-edge. Of course, a new one is released pretty much every single year — just before the holidays. How convenient. And of course, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Prime Day…all these days have been created to encourage and reward us to buy more than we need, even if it ends up in landfills after one or zero use.

Can we really say we’re free to make our own choices when psychological warfare is at play? Fortunately, we do have a few defenses. Like laziness.

Laziness is a great incentive to say no thanks to all the pressure. Be so lazy that you slow life down, even for a few seconds. Be so lazy that you ask “why?” and ponder so deep that you fall into a…nap. Be so lazy that you decide it’s not time to replace your tablet just yet. Laziness won’t save the planet on its own. But we think it can definitely help.

There’s a lazy one in all of us. Huzzah.