Sweden nominated for international award for reuse initiative

Published 21 June 2017 in:

Sweden has again been highlighted as a pioneer for sustainability. Sweden’s tax reductions for repairs is a finalist for the INDEX: Award, one of the world’s largest design competitions which rewards design that promotes sustainability.

On 1 January 2017, VAT was reduced on the repair of bicycles, shoes, clothes and other textiles and a tax deduction was introduced for the repair of white goods. Sweden’s reduced VAT on repairs is one of the finalists chosen from the 1 401 entries.

“It brings added value into society and sends a strong message of rejuvenation,” says Simona Rocchi, member of the INDEX: Award jury.

The nominations range from drones delivering blood with parachutes to ways of beaming energy across the globe using satellites.r steg går mot en cirkulär ekonomi. INDEX: Award is split into five categories: Body, Home, Work, Play & Learning and Community. Sweden’s entry was nominated in the Community category , and is connected to two of the Global Goals: SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities) and SDG 12 (Responsible consumption and production).

The winners of the INDEX: Award 2017 will be announced on 1 September 2017.

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