Let's stop making products to break! Demand better laws for the environment and community.

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  • Have you noticed your appliances break sooner than they used to?
  • Have you been told “don’t bother repairing, just bin it and buy a new one”?
  • Have you noticed groceries now come in lots of unnecessary packaging?
  • Are you sick of Australia’s wasteful practices?

The Department of the Environment and Energy (Australia) is currently asking for community feedback on whether our laws should be strengthened to make products last longer, easier to repair, easier to upgrade and recycled properly.


The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (a group of environmental lawyers and their allies) is speaking out against planned obsolescence and providing the legal solutions needed to phase out the practice.


Planned obsolescence is bad news for three reasons:

  • People must keep buying the same products again, forcing them to spend money they shouldn't have to.
  • Our landfills are overflowing with products that can’t or won’t be recycled.
  • The excessive waste, pollution, and GHG emissions from making new products is devastating our planet.


Fixing planned obsolescence is possible with the right laws. Other nations, such as France, are taking action to phase out the practice. (link)

There’s not much time left, we only have until June 29 to tell the Australian Government we want to see an end to the waste that’s costing us all and our planet.

Sign this petition if you support AELA’s recommendations for stronger laws which they will be providing as a formal submission to the government’s Product Stewardship Act Review on 29 June 2018.


AELA's recommendations to reduce Planned Obsolescence include:

  1. Products made in, or imported into, Australia should have mandatory environmental design standards. Our products should be designed to be durable and exist for their optimal lifetime. They should be easily upgraded, repaired and recycled where technically possible.
  2. Every business that makes, imports and sells products in Australia must adhere to minimum sustainability standards. Businesses should also use fair and transparent marketing and contractual processes and promote sustainable consumption. Products should also include clear, accurate and complete information about the product and its impacts.
  3. Amend the objects of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 so that a core objective of the Act is to reduce energy and water use and reduce emissions.
  4. The Product Stewardship Act 2011 should state that in considering the environmental impacts of products, decision makers will draw on contemporary scientific knowledge, and use an evidenced based approach. Environmental impacts of products must include an assessment of the life cycle of the product, and its contribution to the cumulative impacts of pollution and resource use. Ecological integrity, Earth systems science and planetary boundaries should be explicitly mentioned in the Act, as the foundations for assessing environmental impacts of products.
  5. The Product Stewardship Act 2011 should state that in considering the environmental impacts of products, decision makers recognise the rights of nature to exist, thrive, evolve and regenerate, and will assess the cumulative impacts of products on the ecological integrity and health of the natural world.

 

Sign our petition today to send a strong message on this important issue. 

- Learn more about AELA's work to say no to planned obsolescence here
- If you’d like to sign the petition and lodge your own submission, read some suggestions about how to write a submission to the Review here
-Read AELA’s full submission online (available from 10 June 2018) here

 

 



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