Right to Repair Action Toolkit

Take action to support Right to Repair reforms in California.

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Sander Kushen

Former Consumer Advocate, CALPIRG

You buy stuff. It breaks or doesn’t work right. You could throw it away and buy new stuff, but you’d rather repair it. But then you find out you can’t do it yourself, and you can’t even bring it to a third party repair shop. You have to bring it back to the original company, which can charge an arm and a leg because there’s no competition—and sometimes they just won’t fix it. And you decide to throw the thing away.

This means more cost to consumers, and it also means more waste. Californians dispose of 46,000 cell phones per day, and only 15 to 20 percent of electronic waste is recycled.

We imagine a different kind of system, where instead of throwing things out, we reuse, salvage and rebuild. The goal of Right to Repair is to give every consumer and small business access to the parts, tools and service information they need to repair products so we can keep things in use and reduce waste.

The Right to Repair Act

The Right to Repair Act, Senate Bill 244 by Senator Susan Eggman, allows individual owners and regulated independent service dealers access to functional parts, tools, and service literature from manufacturers for electronics and appliances.

Senate Bill 244 is supported by consumer groups, environmental organizations, small business and repair shops, recyclers, schools, and more. 

Unfortunately, our state leaders are also hearing from big companies who would push us into buying more and throwing more away. 

Join the effort and take action today to make Right to Repair a reality in California. 
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Jenn Engstrom

State Director, CALPIRG

Jenn directs CALPIRG’s advocacy efforts, and is a leading voice in Sacramento and across the state on protecting public health, consumer protections and defending our democracy. Jenn has served on the CALPIRG board for the past two years before stepping into her current role. Most recently, as the deputy national director for the Student PIRGs, she helped run our national effort to mobilize hundreds of thousands of students to vote. She led CALPIRG’s organizing team for years and managed our citizen outreach offices across the state, running campaigns to ban single-use plastic bags, stop the overuse of antibiotics, and go 100% renewable energy. Jenn lives in Los Angeles, where she enjoys spending time at the beach and visiting the many amazing restaurants in her city.

Sander Kushen

Former Consumer Advocate, CALPIRG

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