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.
Read more and watch the film on Swedish tax breaks for repairs.