News release: The first certificate of repairability awarded to a Slovak composter producer

29th of November, Bratislava – The Slovak non-profit organization Repairably awarded its first comprehensive certificate of repairability in November. The awardee is JRK Waste Management, a producer of garden composters. Thanks to the certification of repairability customers will be able to identify products, which are easily repairable when necessary.

 

The certificate that helps you recognize the green solution
JRK Waste Management, a garden composter provider, has become the first holder of the repairability certificate. Composters of the Premium product line satisfied all the conditions that define a product’s repairability. The composters, upon distribution, will be marked with the Repairably label “(y)” and a unique alphanumeric character. Thanks to the label the consumer can easily identify products that are repairable at any time and at a reasonable price. On the other hand it also means a prestigious achievement for the producer. “We are very happy to be the 1st holder of the certificate in Slovakia. The issue of product repairability and its life span is highly important. We deal with waste management and are familiar with the topic of waste avoidance. We believe this certificate will help our future clients make the best choice when choosing products: products that last the longest and are easily repairable,” said Radoslav Oliver Košík, CEO of JRK Waste Management.

Awarding the Repairably certificates to Radoslav Oliver Košík, CEO of JRK Waste Management. (Source: Repairably)

Repair instead of recycling
Until recently recycling was deemed the surest way of protecting our planet against pollution. The present shows us that it simply is not nearly enough. “Waste is being created at a rapid pace and recycling is not effective enough to solve the issue,” said Daniela Laluhová from the newly established non-profit organization Repairably, which engages in the field of circular economy. “The most effective solution would be to restrict the creation of waste to a minimal level, or stop creating it altogether. And that is what we are contributing towards with the repairability certificate,” she adds. The non-profit organization is currently engaging with multiple companies to offer product certification and also noticed lively interest from foreign producers. “Until now there was no certificate that would address the issue of repairability in a comprehensive way. We aim to bring it to the mainstream. We want the repairability certificate to serve as a key component in the design, production and sale of products globally and believe that over time it will become a global standard like security norms today,” explains Daniela Laluhová.

Certified garden composter JRK Premium 1400- disassembled. (Source: Repairably)

 

INFOBOX:

10 RULES OF THE REPAIRABILITY CERTIFICATE:

  1. The 20 percent rule No component’s price exceeds 20 percent of the new product’s price
  2. The 120 percent rule The combined price of all the product’s components does not exceed 120 percent of the new product’s price
  3. Component accessibility The producer is responsible for the accessibility of components in the first 5 years after which rule no.8 applies
  4. Tools accessibility Tools must be standard or supported by the producer
  5. Software accessibility
  6. Repair guides accessibility
  7. Simple and repetitive reassembly Repair does not devalue the product
  8. The open source rule If the producer ceases component production, the product’s production manual will be available as open source.
  9. No legal restrictions The product’s repairability is not legally restricted by anything, but the possibility of a warranty loss
  10. Repairably All repair manuals, component and tools lists will be publicized on the Repairably website repairably.com

 

Non-profit organization REPAIRABLY (www.repairably.com)
The main goal of the non-profit organization is to create an effective instrument to eliminate waste creation, the repairability certificate. It will enable customers to identify easily repairable products that do not have to be thrown away when they become broken.

Repairability should in the future become a common standard, which helps consumers save money, increase a product’s life span and preserve its value. Of course it also helps the environment as it reduces waste from products.

See all the certified products here

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