This is an idea worth reviewing — imperfect, of course, but something of this ilk should be developed, at scale. You can see reports on this all over now: the Guardian, CNN, Washington Post, BBC, and so on.
This comes on heels of much needed attention to maintenance, especially in terms of infrastructure, but with a new mechanism for incentivizing these behaviors on a wide swath of products, which re-articulates attention toward “demand” in a fresh way and away from “demand” as merely “voicing political concern” (which seems not to work, other than verbally).
Pingback: Darkside of Innovation | Installing (Social) Order
i was thinking of ‘smart’ tools like phones and tractors, ah yeah the tax bit seems a bit loony in terms of basic accounting.
Yeah, i see the link, but I think the emphasis is possibly on selling repairable items and incentivizing repair, primarily of material objects. Sometimes, when it comes to repairable glass/wood windows versus vinyl, there could be some advantages; however, there is a weak-spot, I suppose, and that is that fraud in tax returns regarding repair must be difficult to curb, right?
reminds me of ongoing concerns about e-products that are really hard (or even illegal) to customize/hack and pushes in construction/engineering for products that are easy to disassemble if not reuse.