Supporting the Right to Repair

Things break. Wear and tear is normal, but throwing away otherwise functional devices shouldn’t be. Rather than sending broken items to the landfill or paying companies an arm and a leg to fix them, we think you have the right to repair broken devices yourself.

For years, our friends at iFixit have been helping people do that. They provide repair manuals, parts, and tools that make it possible to fix your broken things on your own terms. But product manufacturers are doing their best to make repair difficult so that we’re forced to buy new products.

The Story of Stuff Project is joining iFixit to push for Right To Repair legislation around the United States. We’re asking states to pass new laws that require manufacturers to provide the following:

  • Information: The documentation, software, and legal ability we need to repair our own products—or choose someone we trust to do it for us.
  • Parts and Tools: Fair access to service parts and tools, including diagnostics.

This common sense legislation is good for people and good for the planet. It reduces waste and protects consumers from big manufacturers’ greed. That’s why we’re asking you to join The Story of Stuff Project and our partners to push for Right to Repair legislation!

Look below to see if Right to Repair legislation is being proposed in your state, then follow the link to take action:

Georgia  |  Hawaii (deferred to next legislative session) |  Illinois  |  Indiana  |  Massachusetts  |  Minnesota  |  Missouri  |  New Hampshire  |  New Jersey  |  New York  |  North Dakota  |  Oregon  |  South Dakota  |  Virginia  |  Washington  |  West Virginia (killed in committee)

Plus, watch and share The Story of Electronics!

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