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'Right to repair' code aims to end throwaway culture

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Green Deal: Commission official Frans Timmermans. Photo: Horacio Villalobos#Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Green Deal: Commission official Frans Timmermans. Photo: Horacio Villalobos#Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

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Green Deal: Commission official Frans Timmermans. Photo: Horacio Villalobos#Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Consumers are being promised goods that last as new laws are drawn up to end the throwaway culture.

Manufacturers are to be obliged to use durable materials and components that can be repaired or replaced to prolong the life of everyday household goods.

A "right to repair" code will be drawn up for shoppers to stop companies refusing to fix items returned to them under warranty.