Blog Posts By:

Kevin O'Reilly,
Advocate, Right to Repair Campaign

A blog for people who love quality

Right to Repair laws, which make it easier for consumers to fix their own stuff, are broadly popular with the public. So when companies lobby against it, it can upset their customers. CompTIA, a leading provider of certifications for repair and IT technicians, found this out the hard way.

 With Thursday’s unanimous vote, members of the Consumer Protection & Commerce Committee affirmed the right of Hawaii residents to fix their own stuff and fight planned obsolescence.

State lawmakers grill manufacturers in Right to Repair hearing -- Yesterday, the Washington State Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee heard testimony about its Right to Repair bill, SB 5799.

The American Farm Bureau Federation, which represents almost 6 million member families across the United States, voted decisively yesterday to endorse their members’ ability to fix their equipment when it breaks. In doing so, they set clear guidelines on what kind of policy they think will solve the problem.

CalRecycle is holding a workshop on labeling requirements for products with batteries. CALPIRG wrote to request that consumer products be labeled as to whether or not the battery is replaceable, as too many modern products are made with no way to replace the battery making them essentially disposable. Read our letter. 

Apple recently debuted the AirPods Pro, the new and improved model of their popular line of headphones. Despite a higher price point of $249, these new AirPods are unrepairable, just like their predecessors. Online repair guide iFixit.com gave the new ‘pods a 0/10 repairability score. We advise consumers to avoid these headphones. Unfixable electronics are not a good deal.