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Product standards are not only a great way to ensure consistent quality, but also to provide step change in choice. For example, veggies covered in pesticides vs natural pest control techniques, or products with fair trade vs without.
Similarly we could create a standard which people could look for
in shops, a small logo indicating the device can easily be disassembled by hand (so its easily recyclable) and repairable. States and countries could then offer all kinds of programs to promote different standards.
For example, a state could offer tax incentives to buy cars, tvs and other goods that have the 'repairable' logo. This could count towards any carbon zero goal by reducing energy use imported into the state inside products and reducing the energy it takes to recycle, possibly by incentivizing businesses that repair, strip and recycle goods.
Right to repair movement
This standard would be useful to them [bigsleep, May 02 2021]
iFixit post from February 2020
A standard rating system already exists, though not well known or internationally adopted yet. [a1, May 02 2021]
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||Approved! A range of simple "dismantling" symbols
similar to those provided for ironing and washing
instructions for clothes might also be created to
indicate the tools needed, and the amount of
potential rage involved. e.g. Apple products can
be taken apart, but with great difficulty, using
special tools, so the rage symbol would be at the
||//simple "dismantling" symbol//
||A triangle of green arrows to represent recyclable /
(as already used right?)
with with a wrench or spanner inside them?
||The number of little spanners below this symbol would
what level of dismantle / repair ease the product complies
||A 5 'star' (spanner?) system perhaps
||The ease with which it's done often depends on the
availability of components & parts, replacing a transmission
belt is easy but imagine if you had to make the
belt first, so I presume that has to be factored into the
system as well?
||Funny story, I only ever paid for a transmission belt to be
fitted once, was around 18 or 19 iirc, the guy in the shop
said it's fine just needs a new transmission belt (MOT test)
& I said "a transmission belt what's that?" to myself so asked
him to fit it for me & watched while he fitted a fan belt
while feeling very silly, I'd just never heard it called a
transmission belt b4.
||Reuse is much, much better than recycle. [+]
||+ makes sense. I always re-use when possible.
||It there were some kind of dissolvable solder then
circuit boards could be a bit easier to manage.
||That's a nice find. So it exists and it just needs a logo thing to go on products. It's this kind of thing that tells me only sometime decades or centuries from now will society have its shit together. May 2020 to reach the first draft of a repair standard !
||//A 5 'star' (spanner?) system//
||The linked iFixit article mentions levels A) through E).
||Thank you. I wanted to link the full standards
document but its rather dense reading. The iFixit
article sums it up well enough.