Incentivizing “Repair” in Sweden

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).¬†

Sweden proposes tax breaks for repairing things, extra tax on unrepairable things.