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Repairing goods

Repairing goods

In recent years, the repair of goods has reduced for a number of reasons, such as cheaper products, the pace of technological change and the complexity of products. But repair is an essential part of moving to a circular economy. Repair must once again become convenient and cost-effective. Both manufacturers and users can and should support repair, and also remanufacturing - see our remanufacturing page.

 

If you are a manufacturer

How supporting repair or providing a repair service can benefit your business

  • Adds value to your business’ offer to customers
  • Generates new revenue streams
  • Enhances your brand loyalty
  • Enables your customer to reduce material and other input costs
  • Enables your customer to gain greater value from their own materials and products

Manufacturer - what you must do

Manufacturer - what you can do

  • Design products for a longer lifetime and which are supported by a guarantee and trusted repair services
  • Design products ready to be disassembled and economically repaired.
  • Provide or set up a repair service - see for example, Nudie Jeans - a global repair service for jeans -, and  Findra's clothing repair service.
  • Cut your costs by borrowing / sharing repair tools - for example you can borrow tools at Edinburgh Tool Library.

 

If you are buying goods or have an item needing repair - what you can do

 

In this Guideline

What is a circular economy?

Using fewer resources

Managing your waste for a circular economy - recycling and beyond

Designing your product, service or business model for a circular economy

Reuse

Repairing goods

Remanufacturing and refurbishing

Recycling

Protecting biodiversity and regenerating natural systems

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