In a day and age where it is often far easier, not to mention, more financially viable to replace a broken item, the government of Sweden have proposed an incentive to turn this around; Lowering tax costs on repairs. The coalition government between the Swedish Social Democrat and Green Parties have focussed their attentions on the topic of sustainability, and fighting against the throwaway culture, that is so easy to be part of in the twenty-first century. By cutting repair tax from 25% to 12%, and brining in an increased Chemical tax, which will make creating new items significantly more expensive, Sweden are creating an incentive to repair broken items instead of instantly replacing them.
But is this a good idea? Surely this will lower consumerism in Sweden meaning that trade will suffer. Alternatively it will increase sales in repairs and spare parts. We think this issue of throwaway culture is extremely important. We all know that with increased production comes higher pollution levels and more waste. Can we really afford to keep throwing away our broken items into landfill sites and stripping our earth of all its resources? We say NO!
In term’s of how this topic affects the design industry, we have seen an increasing number of our brands buy into this idea of sustainability. Companies such as Vitra and Normann Copenhagen offer a 2 year warranty on their furniture. Vitra even have a repairs department consisting of specially trained technicians who will come to your home and repair your furniture. Our brands produce, high quality design, that are not only practical but an investment. This subject strongly relates to the law that was passed earlier this year, banning replica furniture production. From January 2017, you will not longer be able purchase cheap fakes of classic pieces. Instead of purchasing the same low quality copy-cat chair and replacing it over and over why not invest in a real classic piece, buying into an industry that promotes authenticity and longevity.
See our post about Authenticity here: http://www.thelollipopshoppe.co.uk/archives/50053
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