We have talked a lot about the ills of Planned Obsolescence. But, what can we do about it?
According to the Associated Press, the current French government may have an answer. This year, they have passed legislation that will require appliance manufacturers to inform consumers how long they can expect their products to last. In addition to this, the companies must also inform consumers how long spare parts will be available, and must also replaced or repaired for free within two years of purchase should the machine malfunction within that time. Failure to comply with this will result in a fine of 15,000 euros (roughly 16,348 USD)
Time is too soon to tell whether or not this will work in limiting the damage of Planned Obsolescence, but it is refreshing to know that at least one nation is taking a stand. With the current political climate, it is unlikely that we will see such a thing in the United States, however.
Read more about the law here