Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

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 support repair.

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.

What you must do

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 e.g. Nudie Jeans – a global repair service for jeans or Findra's clothing repair service
  • cut your costs by borrowing / sharing repair tools e.g. Edinburgh Tool Library.

If you are buying goods or have an item needing repair

What you can do

  • before buying new, check for a local repair service - find someone locally (search online or look in your phonebook). For bigger repair jobs use a reputable local tradesman
  • include in your procurement policy criteria about purchasing repaired products and about purchasing products that can be repaired
  • learn repair skills and work in partnership to campaign for goods to be built to last through Edinburgh Remakery
  • cut your costs by borrowing / sharing repair tools e.g. Edinburgh Tool Library.

In this Guideline

What is the circular economy?

Using fewer resources

Managing your waste for the Circular Economy

Designing your products, and your business model to support the Circular Economy


Repairing goods



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