Independent testing programme assessing the lifetime of consumer products

Generation of waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) has soared in the past decades. WEEE is considered to be one of the fastest growing waste streams in the EU, growing at 3-5% per year and reaching 12 Mt by 2020. This development is not only putting a strain on the environment, but also on consumers’ budgets.

PROMPT has the ambition to help extending the useful lifetime of products and to contribute to the transition to a circular economy. It aims at boosting durable design, providing access to repair services, upgrades and disassembly options. Furthermore, it intends to help reducing resource depletion, prevent waste generation and mitigate associated societal and environmental impacts.

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Reported problems with Nintendo’s Joy-Con

Two members of the PROMPT consortium, UFC-Que Choisir and Test-Achats, are up in arms against Nintendo after the “Joy-Con” of the Switch player became unusable for thousands of gamers. The faulty part is the joystick, a tiny but central part of the devise, which makes the characters move without any actions for the player. But don’t […]