The EU commission has just adopted a new circular economy action plan, with the aim of encouraging a greener, more sustainable approach to product design.

Although not cemented into legislation yet, it looks like some regulation will sprout from the action plan, which will guide the rules around electronics.

The EU’s newly adopted plan encourages the kind of economy where you won’t have to bin your blower every time it reaches the end of its lifetime. Instead, the commission is hoping to create a future where products are easy to reuse, recycle and upgrade. Crucially, products should be durable too – so we may eventually be treated to an Apple charger that lasts longer than a month.

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