A Breakthrough in European Right-to-Repair Legislation

A Breakthrough in European Right-to-Repair Legislation

The political agreement on new rules aimed at fostering the repair and re-use of products represents a significant stride toward making repair and refurbishment more affordable, accessible and appealing for all European consumers. As an active participant in the Right to Repair Europe Campaign, RREUSE welcomes this pivotal development.

A big step toward making sustainable products the norm

A big step toward making sustainable products the norm

RREUSE has been closely following the development of the Ecodesign for Sustainable Product Regulation, and we welcome the outcome of today’s vote in the European Parliament. Regrettably, the EP did not take the opportunity to include the social dimension of sustainability in the regulation, but on many other aspects the text is a major step forward in making access to sustainable products the norm across the EU.

Call to Action | Just Transition: A New Social Contract for the Wellbeing of People and the Planet

Call to Action | Just Transition: A New Social Contract for the Wellbeing of People and the Planet

RREUSE joined forces with many other organisations to release a Call to Action for the Just Transition. The organisations call on European Ministers for Environment and Energy, as well as other EU and national level decisionmakers, to complement the implementation of urgently needed, ambitious environmental and climate policies with robust social policies that protect marginalised people primarily and the regions suffering disproportionately from the transition, whilst guaranteeing access to high-quality essential services for all. They call on them to show bold and forward-thinking political leadership by prioritising the promotion of climate action and social justice as one coherent and mutually reinforcing agenda.

A watershed moment for social enterprises in the textiles sector

A watershed moment for social enterprises in the textiles sector

RREUSE welcomes the proposed text of the revision of the Waste Framework Directive as a major milestone in recognising the pivotal role of social enterprises active in re-use. The text published by the European Commission on 5 July rightfully acknowledges these social enterprises as historical and key actors for the circular transition of the textile sector.

RREUSE reacts: The European Commission calls on Member States for better policies for social enterprises in the circular economy

RREUSE reacts: The European Commission calls on Member States for better policies for social enterprises in the circular economy

RREUSE welcomes the European Commission (EC) ’s proposal for a Council Recommendation on developing social economy framework conditions published June 13th, a flagship initiative of the Action Plan on the Social Economy (SEAP) aimed at encouraging EU Member States to create better-enabling environments for social enterprises and all social economy actors across pertinent policy areas.

RREUSE’s reaction to the European Parliament’s report on the EU Textiles Strategy

RREUSE’s reaction to the European Parliament’s report on the EU Textiles Strategy

RREUSE welcomes the report on an EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles that the European Parliament (EP) adopted on 1 June 2023. Whereas the EP report could have gone further in tackling key issues, it does address some of the missing pieces in European Commission’s proposal and is a crucial step toward a more ambitious circular and social framework for the future of the textile sector.

Right to repair needs fixing: proposed legislation misses the mark on delivering affordable repairs for all

Right to repair needs fixing: proposed legislation misses the mark on delivering affordable repairs for all

The proposal is a cautious step forward towards promoting repair and refurbishment, but still falls short of introducing a true right to repair for EU citizens. A “right to repair” legislation was initially announced in the 2021 State of the Union address as part of the European Green Deal, with the aim of extending the lifespan of products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste, while also creating green and local employment opportunities.