As the Western world seems to get deeper and deeper into “Throw Away” culture, there are small “fixer” movements working on the opposing side—encouraging people (and making it easier) to repair rather than replace everything from phones to shoes and beyond. In a fantastic move, Sweden is hoping to further push the idea and will begin offering citizens who give bikes, apparel and shoes to repairers a tax break. They will “pay 12% in VAT tax, instead of the standard 25%, if new legislative proposals are approved”—not only would this decrease waste, it will also create jobs. Hopefully it’s approved, and other nations follow suit. Read more at Quartz.
Sweden Rewards Citizens for Not Taking Part in “Throw-Away” Culture