As per reports, the European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturers Association (ETIRA) has joined Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in a calling to grant consumers a ‘right to repair’. The EU Commission has been lobbied to make repairs to printing hardware and consumables more systematic and cost-efficient. ETIRA’s plea follows the European Parliament’s endorsement of Right to Repair, with MEPs voting in favour of boosting sustainability by promoting reuse and repairs, and by tackling practices that shorten the lifespan of products, adopting the resolution on a more sustainable Single Market. ETIRA’s call comes just weeks after the organization issued a detailed response to the EU’s draft Voluntary Agreement for Imaging Equipment. One of the main barriers to effective reuse in the imaging consumables market are firmware updates that lockout reuse products and shorten the effective life of the consumable.
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