Europe Proposes Regulations to Extend the Usefulness of Products Used Daily

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    The European Commission (EC) is proposing rules that will require items used daily, such as cellphones, clothing, and furniture, to last longer and be simpler to recycle or repair in an effort to protect humanity and the Earth.

    “Over-consumption of everyday items and the resources to make them is heaping pressure on the environment and driving waste generation, which is set to soar by 70 percent globally by 2050,” Reuters stated.

    The Reuters report went on to say that textiles, furniture, tires, steel, and paints could be among the first products to be targeted with the specific rules on which the European Union (EU) is currently working. The plan is likely to be the target of lobbying from companies that produce products with short lifespans. Campaigners have said that the impacts will depend on the specific requirements of each product.

    “In this way, we protect ourselves and our planet,” E.U. Environment’s policy director, Virginijus Sinkevicius, said in the Reuters report. “We build up resilience in our supply chains and we save money.”

    “The document leaves most of the key details to the delegated acts that the (Commission) will work on in the coming years,” Joan Marc Simon, executive director of Zero Waste Europe, said.

    The products would be accompanied by a “passport” to tell consumers about their “sustainability.” For example, textiles are described as being “fast fashion,” making the producers accountable for the fate of their products after their use.

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