Right to repair

Tell Google: Extend the life of Chromebooks

Peter Mui | Used by permission

The pandemic pushed schools to provide every student with their own device, which means the consequences of sustainable design are huge. Google could double the life of Chromebooks, saving schools money and helping the environment. We recommend:

Extending the life of Chrome OS software. Too many working Chromebooks end up in the waste stream due to the end of software updates. Google should extend all model’s Automatic Update Expiration (AUE) to 10 years after its launch date.

Extending the life of the Chromebooks hardware. Google should press Chromebook manufacturers to produce spare parts and standardize part design to the greatest extent possible. This would reduce electronic waste and increase repairability.

All tech should last longer. If Google wants to be the trusted source for tens of millions of students, you need to make laptops that families and schools can count on.