Editorial - Small steps towards a circular economy

By Christian Block Switch to German for original article

If the government decides to introduce a financial incentive, this could make the repair of household appliances attractive to consumers. However, many factors will play a part in determining whether it is successful. Not least the question of financing.

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"Solden", special offers, Black Friday, social media. The allure of the new constantly ensnares us. Temptation is always just a few mouse clicks away. If we want to, we can hold the object of our desire in our hands the very next day.

It's no secret that we live in a consumer society. A world in which the "new" is almost always held in higher esteem than the "old". This comes at a price, and that is no secret either. Everything that is newly manufactured requires resources. Consumption has an environmental and climate impact. Sometimes, however, we also accept that our rights as consumers are restricted by our purchases, for example when manufacturers believe they have to impose regulations on us regarding repairability.

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