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theguardian: Waste not want not: Sweden to give tax breaks for repairs

Go Sweden! The team at Buy-It-Once.com are very impressed.

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In Sweden repairing almost everything will become cheaper.  Photo by fdecomite

The Swedish government is cutting tax for repairs in a deliberate move away from the throw-away culture of consumerism. It will be much cheaper to repair “everything from bicycles to washing machines so it will no longer make sense to throw out old or broken items and buy new ones.”

“I believe there is a shift in view in Sweden at the moment. There is an increased knowledge that we need to make our things last longer in order to reduce materials’ consumption,” says Per Bolund, Sweden’s minister for financial markets and consumer affairs.

Read more in Waste not want not: Sweden to give tax breaks for repairs by Richard Orange at The Guardian.

 

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