Right to Repair

Want the right to repair your stuff? We are working to get Apple, John Deere and other companies to provide access to the information, tools and parts we need.

Colorado Gov. Signs farm right to repair law
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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis sign a law granting Right to Repair to farmers.

Companies don’t make things like they used to, and that’s a big problem. Not long ago, most consumer goods and business products were easily repaired with parts that were widely available. But more and more, manufacturers of cell phones, medical devices, appliances and even tractors have implemented various legal, digital and physical barriers that prevent consumers from doing their own repairs or using independent repair shops.

The result is a massive amount of waste — in fact, electronic waste is now the fastest growing waste stream in the world. Americans purchase about 160 million new smartphones each year — a habit that takes some 23.7 million tons of raw material to satisfy. Continuing to extract, produce and consume electronics at this rate is simply not sustainable. 

We are working to pass Right to Repair laws that would require manufacturers like Apple, John Deere and Microsoft to provide consumers and independent repairers with access to the parts, physical and software tools, and information such as schematics at a fair and reasonable price. By fixing our laws, we can make it easier to fix our stuff. That’s good for us, and good for the planet.

Right to Repair is notching state wins

Right to Repair legislation has passed in Massachusetts (in 2012 and 2020), Colorado (2022 and 2023), New York, Minnesota, Maine and California. Many other states are still moving forward.

So far in 2024, there are already 6 active states:

  1. IN – SB 53 – Consumer electronics and farm equipment. 
  2. MA – S2478 – Handheld devices – carried over from 2023. Passed committee of origin, in Senate Ways & Means. 
  3. MO – HB 1618 – All electronic devices except for cars. 
  4. NH – HB1701 – Educational technology. 
  5. VT – H.81 – Farm and forestry equipment – carried over from 2023. Passed House, pending in Senate. 
  6. WA – HB 1933 – Consumer and enterprise electronics, farm equipment and power wheelchairs. 

 

What is Right to Repair? A short overview.

Let us fix our stuff
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Let us fix our stuff

We should give every consumer and every small business access to the parts, tools, and service information they need to repair products by passing Right to Repair reforms.

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Thank you for your hard work, I'm a monthly donor and every bit of it matters. How you handle my money is exactly why I support you. Elizabeth Stackel, member
Consumers statewide and nationwide deserve to have quality, long-lasting products, but when those products don’t last or get damaged, it can be extremely expensive and inconvenient to replace them. Scott Bendett, New York Assemblyman
Repair scores provide a simple, reliable way to know what we are paying for before we buy expensive electronics. Julie von Haefen, North Carolina Representative
I support right to repair scores because they empower consumers with crucial information on the repairability of products before purchase, enhancing market transparency and reducing electronic waste. As the FTC's 'Nixing the Fix' report highlights, the lack of accessible repair information perpetuates a market imbalance, disadvantaging consumers. Implementing a national voluntary repair score, akin to EnergyGuide labels, will guide consumers towards more sustainable and economical choices, while also promoting local business opportunities and sustainable product designs. Janice Marchman, Colorado Senator
I’m pleased to encourage the FTC to continue to expand the information consumers have about the reliability and repairability of the electronic products they buy which empowers them to make more knowledgeable decisions, both financially and for the environment. Marian Matthews, New Mexico Representative

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Nathan
Proctor

Nathan
Proctor

Senior Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair, PIRG

Abe
Scarr

Abe
Scarr

State Director, Illinois PIRG; Energy and Utilities Program Director, PIRG

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