Why France’s New Tech ‘Repairability Index’ Is a Big Deal

Liberté, égalité, reparabilité.

This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Our electronic devices take a serious environmental toll, and one of the best ways to mitigate that is to use them for as long as possible before replacing them. But it’s hard to know how long a new gadget will last if you’re unsure how easy it will be to fix. Now, companies are going to have to start coming clean about that—in France, at least.

In a world-first move last month, France began requiring makers of certain electronic devices, including smartphones and laptops, to tell consumers how repairable their

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