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IF YOU REPAIR IT, YOU PAY LESS TAX. The fight against consumerism in Sweden

IF YOU REPAIR IT, YOU PAY LESS TAX. The fight against consumerism in Sweden

By Javier Pastor

The coalition of Social Democrats and the party of the Greens has issued an offer whereby the tax that would be charged on repairs would be reduced from 25 to 12%. If it comes true, that reduction would be accompanied by an advertising mission in the country that would encourage Swedes to correct their products, not to throw them away.

A common drawback in electronic gadgets

For the moment the new regulation enlists the segment of bicycles, clothing and shoes, but the Swedes could even claim half the value of labor in the repairs of electrical appliances (refrigerators, washing machines, etc.) in their confession of the Treasury .

These cuts are estimated to cost the government $ 54 million, a figure that would be more than offset by the "chemical tax," a way of obtaining more state revenue - estimated at $ 233 million - for companies that manufacture new products.

This curious trend for the benefits of correcting versus discarding appears to be taking its toll on manufacturers that deliver increasingly “repairable” items. There is still too much to proceed in the field of electronics or mobility - many of the huge companies prefer that the conventional consumer does not put his hand where he should not - but this could be a good step forward.

Engadget


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