The global refurbished electronics market is expected to exceed US$228 billion by 2030. “The world is moving towards more repaired, reused and refurbished devices. This trend has been going on for years and we are very happy about it,” said the online repair community iFixit. says Elizabeth Chamberlain, Director of Sustainability.
“Device repair and refurbishment is already a huge industry with great growth potential,” said Elisabeth Chamberlain of iFixit. We have about 1.5 million users on our website and recently moved to a larger office so we were able to expand our workforce.”
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The E-scrap Conference in New Orleans is one of many events that Chamberlain and company founder Kyle Wiens take on a “tour” to network with recyclers and producers. Their efforts he scored a major milestone in August, when New York became the first U.S. state to adopt a “Right to Repair” law.
“Until recently, producers weren’t exactly thrilled with the idea of people doing their own repairs, especially market leaders like Apple,” recalls Chamberlain. . Since then, the company has softened its opposition to third-party repairs.
Additionally, Google Pixel sustainability expert Ted Briggs used the New Orleans Assembly as an opportunity to announce a partnership with iFixit on an upcoming product line. “The world is changing so fast, we feel like we’re not keeping up,” Briggs told the delegation. “We have to work with an open mind and I am sure we are not the only brands with this perspective when we get together next year.
Briggs expects repair costs to drop significantly as the market grows and matures. This will provide additional incentives for producers who are currently looking for playback devices as a ‘serious option’.
Chamberlain told Recycling International: “Collaborations have been in the works for some time and I hope more big names will follow suit.
She believes the momentum is “on our side” as a result of public and corporate interest in ordering used devices. Electronic devices that aren’t new are no longer hated, she argues.
“People have come to realize that Second Life electronics are high-quality goods that are handled with care by professionals. So why not use a cell phone or laptop? They’re excited to fix their stuff.
Overall, Chamberlain argues that this is a victory for sustainability. “Isn’t the main idea to extend the lifecycle of what we buy? Repair should not be seen as a trend against recycling. The change is small, I don’t think the recyclers will go out of business,” she added with a laugh.
Hoarding is another factor. “Devices are stored longer. may help you to
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