Sweden wants to fight waste with new tax breaks for repairs

September 21, 2016 by  
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The Swedish government is unveiling an intriguing plan to discourage throwaway culture. The new proposals would slash the VAT tax rate on repairs to bicycles , clothes, and shoes by half in order to encourage consumers to reuse their old items rather than simply replacing them. The law would also allow residents to claim back income taxes on the cost of repairs to large appliances such as ovens, dishwashers, and washing machines. The tax breaks are the work of Sweden’s ruling Social Democrat and Green party coalition. The VAT cuts are expected to not only reduce the cost of repairs, but to also help stimulate the repair industry within the country. Officials are hoping the development of a new home-repairs service industry will help provide jobs for immigrants lacking a formal education. Related: Repair is Beautiful: Paulo Goldstein Repairs Broken Objects to Be Better Than Before The incentives are part of a wider effort in Sweden to reduce carbon emissions , and cutting the amount of new household goods produced will go a long way toward that goal. The proposals will be presented before Sweden’s parliament as part of the government’s budget, where lawmakers will vote on whether to approve the measure. If passed, the new law would go into effect at the start of 2017. Via The Guardian Images via PixaBay and Wikimedia Commons

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Teenager turns a $200 run-down camper into a beautiful cozy escape

August 28, 2016 by  
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When summer rolled around, 14-year-old Ellie Yeater chose to spend her school break a bit differently than her peers. The ambitious teenager purchased a run-down 1974 Wilderness camper for $200 and transformed it into a cozy and beautiful backyard retreat. Crafted with upcycled finds and homemade fittings, the highly personalized renovation boasts a distinct vintage-reuse theme.

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INFOGRAPHIC: What could our world look like in 50 years?

July 13, 2016 by  
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In today’s “use it and lose it” society, everything seems disposable. The majority of food and drinks consumed in cities are served in single-use containers, and recycling rates are still abysmally low. Even the amount of food consumed per person has skyrocketed in the last 50 years. Meat consumption alone went from 138 pounds per person per year in 1950 to 195 pounds per person per year in 2000. By the year 2100, unless the production of greenhouse gasses isn’t dramatically halted, some estimate that we could face a sea level rise of up to 32 feet, which would devastate cities like New York, London, and Shanghai. ReuseThisBag created an infographic with some of the worst predictions as well as visionary ideas that could help turn the tide. + ReuseThisBag

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hearO is a discarded tennis ball turned into a Bluetooth speaker

June 15, 2016 by  
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Consider what happens to the thousands of tennis balls that are left over after a major professional tennis tournament. For Wimbledon alone, Slazenger supplies over 55,000 balls each year. If you include all the major tournaments around the world, 230,000 championship tennis balls are discarded annually. hearO brings this memorabilia to life, imbues it with energy and makes it a useful wireless speaker for everyday life. A tennis ball is a perfect ergonomic object and is covered in a tactile felt that is exceedingly durable. hearO uses these properties to create a portable Bluetooth speaker that blends usability and sustainability with a refined aesthetic. The product fuses into an ideal portable media companion. + hearO

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#ClearThePitch helps make fields safe from landmines so kids can play soccer

April 6, 2016 by  
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Grey for Good, the philanthropic arm of Grey Group Singapore , has teamed up with DanChurchAid (DCA) to drive support for creating safer communities in post-conflict zones around the world – communities free of dangerous remnants of war such as land mines, unexploded ammunition and cluster bombs. This campaign tackles a topic often described as one of the most evil problems affecting millions of civilians in over 60 countries around the world. And while it will take a mammoth effort by DCA and other organizations to eradicate, the topic does not feature a lot in the public conversation or the media. To change this, the initiative #ClearThePitch builds an emotional link to one of the world’s biggest sports: soccer . It’s a universal sport and is played on streets, fields, playgrounds, parking lots and many more places. But due to remnants of war such as land mines, cluster bombs and unexploded ammunition, in large parts of the world playing soccer on fields can be extremely dangerous. Especially for children. With #ClearThePitch, you can help bring attention to the problem and help clean up these areas so kids can play safe again. + DanChurchAid + Grey

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Researchers discover toxic heavy metals in Portland’s trees and air

April 6, 2016 by  
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We don’t often think about whether there are toxins in the trees around us, but researchers in Portland, Oregon recently made a very unsettling discovery. Common tree moss in the area contains dangerous  heavy metals  like arsenic, and it isn’t just in the trees – it’s in the air, too. Read the rest of Researchers discover toxic heavy metals in Portland’s trees and air

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This windproof glass lets you savor wine in the great outdoors

April 6, 2016 by  
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Spring is here and we all know what that means — it’s picnic season ! You may have your picnic basket with all the appropriate accoutrements, but what about wine glasses? Behold, the world’s first windproof wine glass that allows you to enjoy wine in the great outdoors without any fear of tipping over at first wind’s blow. The POINTER wine glass pins right in the ground, so you can enjoy a classy beverage anytime, anywhere. Great for a picnic, beach outing, or a little R&R in the garden, this elegant yet practical Dutch-designed glass lets you skip the plastic cups altogether. + POINTER The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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4 Old Products You Can Reuse Instead Of Toss

March 9, 2016 by  
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What’s in your junk drawer? An educated guess would include old smartphones, glasses frames and cases, and outdated or broken watches. It’s tempting to throw stuff like this out. It certainly doesn’t make sense to keep it around gathering dust or…

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Creative Ways To Reuse Wooden Pallets In Your Home

September 14, 2015 by  
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Are you looking for a way to spruce up your home decor, without breaking the bank or causing unnecessary harm to the environment? If so, we’ve got just the thing for you to try. Depending on where you live, you may have noticed a trend in local…

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Ekklesia is a modern temple that revives ancient Greek public political discourse

June 18, 2015 by  
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Ekklesia is an installation made with cardboard tubes with a metallic appearance atop a mosaic made of 96,000 laser-cut wooden pieces that was created to provoke the debate between traditional ideals and modern life. During the annual Fallas festival in Valencia, these installations are burned to celebrate the arrival of spring.  This particular installation was created to evoke a temple where citizens can meet and realize the power they have to change things through debate and confrontation of ideas. Hence the title Ekklesia, the name of the ancient Greek assembly that met once a year between elections to decide if someone should be expelled from the polis. The columns were screen printed with political messages that highlight the emptiness of political discourse and the need to provide it with meaningful content.  The stage on which the installation was settled was a mosaic of 96,000 pieces based on designs of Nolla Mosaic, a traditional Valencian ceramic that was lost in the middle of 20th century. On the one hand its function was highlight a lost heritage and to emphasize that any innovation in a traditional context should be based on a thorough knowledge of tradition. At the same time, the project was also a participatory project and therefore the completion of the mosaic was made in different workshops with at-risk children and various neighborhood associations. + Ekklesia The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , ceramic mosaic , Ekklesia , fallas festival , modern temple , political conversation , political discourse , public art , reader submission , reuse , Valencia festival , wood and cardboard construction

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