Consumers 'forced to replace appliances sooner'
Consumers are finding themselves forced to replace electrical appliances quicker than they used to and this is damaging the environment, a study has found.
According to research carried out by the German Environment Agency (UBA), the proportion of appliances replaced within less than five years because of a defect increased from 3.5 per cent to 8.3 per cent between 2004 and 2013.
"Many appliances have much too short a life-span. This is ecologically unacceptable," said UBA president Maria Krautzberger. "The manufacture of products consumes precious resources, and pollutants and greenhouse gases are a strain on the environment and climate."
She called on manufacturers to reconsider product lifespan and enforce tougher minimum standards. However, Ms Krautzberger also noted that many devices were being replaced despite being "in good working order".
In addition, the UBA is encouraging consumers to consider donating and sharing appliances where possible rather than throwing them away.