Framework is at the forefront of a growing movement to make electronics easier to repair. Some have done this voluntarily and others have been… pushed in that direction by the looming right to reinstate legislation around the world. Framework, like Fairphone, makes that a core tenet of its technology, without sacrificing the final project (check out Devin’s review here).
Today the company announced a new step in the process of reusing consumer waste with the addition of a revamped program which makes its laptops and components available at a second-hand discount.
The program launches today with the Laptop DIY additions, three Intel processors, and an expansion card pack. All of these are currently available to customers in the US and Canada. Additional parts will be added to the list later.
The company notes:
Refurbished laptops and modules usually start with the small number of returns we get from our 30-day returns guarantee. They then go through an extensive testing and cleaning process at our service center in New Jersey, where any parts that do not meet our specifications are replaced. We also have service centers in Europe and Australia that can perform refurbishments to the same level of quality, but we have received so few returns that we have not yet been able to build up refurbished inventory for sale.
According to the company, the remanufactured parts are covered by the same warranty as the newly purchased parts.