In the Domestic White Goods Appliance Sector, Safety, Skills Development, Waste & WEEE Prevention and Tackling Poverty, are at the heart of our EEESafe Standard. This is a Standard at the very heart of the Circular Economy. It was therefore incumbent on us to get this right, and refinement of our model was necessary if we were to gather consumer and community engagement.
We read recently in the News about how AO won their Recycling Award, and do so by taking away your old Appliances well away from your local community. Not only does that rob us of the chance of helping local people, it removes job opportunities for existing and new local businesses. AO as a retailer needs to sell new models to sustain the growth and profit required by their shareholders. The Shareholders who invest in Manufacturers, also need this to happen, if they are to be kept in the lifestyle they enjoy. We believe that this model supports keeping the rich rich and the poor poor. (RRPP).
Designed to last and recycle locally at the least impact to the planet with greatest benefit to those who need the most, is where we should all be aiming. Building a large recycling plant as a cemetery for ageing appliances, such a great distance from where you live, doesn’t really support a local model. Do your research and you’ll see that many of these appliances are repaired and sold back to us. They then come with huge embedded carbon and energy wasted, and are almost the cost of buying another throwaway model that can be ill afforded by the majority of uses. We need to measure the true local values of jobs where you live and should include the evidence of cutting down poverty, local skills development at the lowest cost and true social values.
When our own Training Qualification and Certification are delivered locally, we can begin to positively impact our local community. Skills in White Goods Repair can deliver plumbing, electrical and mechanical engineering outcomes. They in turn can help lead many of our local communities, a step into Apprenticeships, and create many more local small enterprises delivering their own Appliance Operations on the local housing estates.
But we ask here is this really how we’re going to make the world a fairer society, and tackle the depleting material resources of the One Planet model.
Some of the benefits we can offer can be seen in our Register Your Appliance site and we”ll be revealing more information soon about creating more Community Repairers where you live, with our EEESafe DATs programme.
We are finishing our New Appliance Register soon to open up a lot of innovative features that will deliver huge benefits when communities engage. With the additional LocalitEEE Community Investors Card, we really hope to show you a more sustainable way of life for the Now and Next Generations.
Remember RRPP? The time has come for change to RRPP and our model will bring revenues to you, the community member and put the power of Consumption Choice back in your hands. Everybody wins this way and soon you’ll see how.