Sweden has announced tax breaks on repairs to clothes, bicycles, fridges and washing machines to combat its throwaway consumer culture.
On bikes and clothes, VAT has been reduced from 25% to 12% and on white goods consumers can claim back income tax due on the person doing the work.
The incentives are intended to reduce the environmental impact of the things people in Sweden buy. The country has ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but has found that the impact of consumer choices is actually increasing.
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