EU and E-Waste Proposals

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Policy changes and proposals keep rolling in and the latest proposals related to mobile manufacture packaging might change and standardise what’s in the box in the future. The statement included:

• A harmonised charging port for electronic devices
• Harmonised fast charging technology
• Unbundling the sale of a charger from the sale of the electronic device
• Improved information for consumers

The first point in particular stands out with a focus on non-propriety charging cables and a common standard of USB-C along with fast charging. For many this is a positive direction to move towards but there are split opinions on the exclusion of cables on electronics.

Spending money on a new phone comes every now and then and when I buy a premium product, the lack of accessories in the box will most likely detract from the experience. I dislike having to buy additional products and would hope that chargers are included as freebies or a transparent reduction on the price happen. But with the world spinning as it is today, we can probably expect to pay more for even less in the coming future. I am all for reducing E-Waste, I just hope consumers don't get hit with the short stick again in the long term.

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_4613

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