New French law targeted to reduce e-waste

Smartphones designs have definitely changed over the years. Repairing one on our own was a norm back in the early 2000’s where batteries changing is a simple affair. With just removing the back panel and swapping out the batteries and brand new phone again. That ease was really valued as it allows the user to use the device for a longer period of time. 

Now, both Android and iPhones nowadays usually require a trained person to replace the necessary parts. IPhones on the other hand are somewhat more difficult since the phone is designed and made in an environment that is fully controlled by the company. Not that it’s a bad thing since iPhones are still top performers when compared to their Android counterpart. This is mainly due to the in-house programming and designing that makes the software and hardware to perform at its optimum. 

Showing reparability scores


A new French law has made it necessary for the tech giant to show its iPhone and MacBook reparability scores to its online store in France. The rating also provides information of how easily a device can be disassembled and the availability of repair manuals and spare parts.

The newly implemented law is essentially in line with the nation’s new anti-waste legislation. The efforts of the legislation has been quite impressive as well since website cataloguing scores across different manufacturers shows a 40 percent of the devices breaking after repairing. The French government aims to hit 60 percent within the coming five years with the scoring system. 

The scoring system as the Radio France Internationale notes that the scores are provided by the manufacturers (based on strict guidelines) is still not a perfect system. While it’s a great idea, it would definitely take time for it to be standardised and be widely compiled by manufacturers. With that, it’s still a step forward in putting the power back to its consumers.