The ‘Right to repair campaign in Ireland’ campaign is a new initiative that fulfils the public’s appetite about the need to repair their goods instead of throwing them away. This idea will go against the idea of buying with no limit.
One of the biggest plagues affecting the neoliberal era is consumerism.
Theoretically, this thought states that if a country consumes goods and services in large quantities, it will improve its economic performance.
Leaving macroeconomic speculations aside, at an individual level, people often face no alternative to buying, as repairing their goods might be more expensive than purchasing a replacement item. Most often, repairing an item is not even an option.
Is consumerism sustainable? Of course it is not. Consumerism is deteriorating our society’s quality of life in various ways: it fosters social inequality, leads to obesity and increases the level of pollution and resource depletion. Consuming as much as we can, instead of how much as we need is therefore dangerous, even for those who do not follow this trend.
For example, wealthy individuals who consume goods they do not need, are consenting (either knowingly or unknowingly) to the exploitation of workers in the global South of the World experiencing ultra-flexibilisation. At the same time, it is the environment that is also suffering from the debt caused by credit card consumerism.
The increase in the demand for goods directly leads to more pollutant emissions, increased land use and, therefore, deforestation and accelerated climate change.
Is there an alternative to fight against this capitalistic disaster? Repairing goods can be an option. However, even this right has been denied to people, as too many products are specifically designed to keep the user from repairing their items. For instance, phone batteries cannot be removed, a car’s software can only be repaired by the dealer and Apple keyboards can be rendered unusable by a speck of dust.
Repairing is a right and companies are currently denying it to people. This is why social action is urgently needed. Initiatives such as the Repair Café, actually show that there is an interest among the public to know more about the noble art of repairing.
Luckily, there is a growing movement around the planet for the right to repair. The right to repair movement has sponsored legislation in 18 states of the United States of America. This is very important as strong right to repair legislation will contribute to an increase in the life of products, cheaper repair costs and products and less waste and pollution.
The inaugural meeting of the ‘Right to repair campaign in Ireland’, will take place on Wednesday 19 September at 8 pm. in The Teacher’s Club 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.
The aims of this campaign are to write a right to repair bill, present it to Teachta Dálas (MPs) and Senators and have is passed through the Houses of the Oireachtas to establish a repair culture in Ireland.
The event can also be attended online at zoom.is