Have you heard of the term planned obsolescence? It alleges that companies deliberately make consumer goods and products that are destined to fail within a fixed time period, pushing people to buy newer models.
However, an EU resolution will soon change all that, hopefully benefiting consumers all over the world.
Last year, the European Parliament passed a resolution that would force manufacturers of consumer goods to extend the life of their offerings. By next year, the law is expected to come into effect.
The European Commission is currently defining what ‘planned obsolescence’ means legally, and its several aspects, trying to unpack it from a consumer interest standpoint.
This means, for example, making sure phone manufacturers adopt better materials that aren’t as easily damaged or broken, through random accidents or by wear and tear.
Planned obsolescence law will also counter stuff like ensuring software updates for older phones that help extend their lifespan, forcing a ‘lifespan’ timeline on boxes of electronic goods (just like you see on consumables), and making devices easy to repair and service through third-party.
If only governments and trade organisations around the world do what the EU’s doing to protect consumer interest. There’s a great chance that they will, once the EU law comes into effect.