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Simple law to stop greedy companies making products designed to break

August 23, 2015

Help end the evils of planned obsolescence (Where greedy companies make our products highly breakable and unfixable on purpose.)


By simply bringing in a law that makes manufacturers publish the expected lifespan of their products. (They’ve done it in France already)


Why is this important?

France has just changed their laws to say that manufacturers have to say how long they expect their products to last.


For the first time people will be able to make a real choice when they buy something.


“Do I get the £15 kettle that lasts 1 year?
the £30 kettle that lasts 5-6 years?”

This makes things simple. We deserve to know what we are buying!

“Planned Obsolescence” (where manufacturers purposefully design their products to break or be unfixable) is on the rise. It might bring profits in for these shortsighted greedy companies, but it is a growing disaster for the environment and it means that we are stuck buying the same shoddy things again and again. Having your kettle/hoover/dishwasher break is not just annoying, it’s expensive for us too!

Planned obsolescence is rife in many product categories from kitchenware, electricals, furniture, even clothes (We now throw away 1.5 million tons of clothes a year). Last year we threw away more than 6 million electrical appliances! And landfill will be full by 2018. Both making and throwing away all this stuff is hitting the environment hard and it’s getting worse.

But there’s something we can do!

If people know how long something is expected to last, we can see if the “cheap prices” are really worth it.

It’s likely that companies will realise that have to do better, and up the durability of their products or risk having to publish some dismal figures.

Us consumers have been trapped by these companies strategies for too long and it’s time for us to get some power back. The power of choice.

Please sign the petition. The planet will thank us all! France have shown that it can be done, and pretty easily too.

We can do it!


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