The European Commission is pushing legislation in place that could force companies to extend the lifespan of tech products and gadgets, including smartphones, by design.

Manufacturers could be told to replace raw materials with recycled where possible and the use of single-use materials will be restricted. Premature obsolescence would also be addressed under these rules, preventing companies from phasing out older products, and manufacturers would no longer be allowed to simply destroy unsold goods.

Manufacturers and consumers alike will be encouraged to reduce, reuse and recycle, with consumers given more information on how to fix their own devices and make sustainable choices.

While this legislation would technically only affect the EU, it would most likely impact countries outside of…

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