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Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 8:13:52 AM

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President Biden supports "right to repair."

President Biden Wants To Make It Easier For You To Get Your Broken Smartphone Fixed
July 21, 2021 5:00 AM ET

Johansen says "Apple and the big guys" don't want to give up the repair business "because people come in instead of repairing the phone, they sell them a new one and say, oh, you should upgrade instead of fixing it for X amount of dollars."

And all of those upgrades and smartphone replacements cause another problem, says Proctor: e-waste. Americans, he says, dispose of 416,000 cellphones a day.

See for repair tutorials.
Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 8:37:42 AM

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It is a problem with everything nowadays.
Sweden has started to try to change the attitude.
Making repairing cheaper than replacing.
If a company sells you something they have to be able to try to fix it.
EU law that white goods must be designed so parts can be replaced, and parts must be kept available fo at least ten years after a product is first sold(ie no instantly obsolete models) . Not sure if details but that is the gist. Not great, but people will hopefully push demand by choosing to buy from companies with a good policy.

Fortunately, some governments, like the Swedish, are ahead of the issue. The Social Democratic Party and the Swedish Green Party proposed to Parliament a new law that would make repairing much more profitable. The purpose? To allow consumers who choose to repair rather than throw away and redeem, to save on their taxes. Today, in Sweden, repairing objects is subject to 25% VAT and the goal of this innovative bill is to reduce this rate to 12% for any repairs – from bicycles to shoes, or clothes.

repair law sweden taxes

In addition, consumers who choose to repair will also be able to deduct 50% of the labor cost from repairs made on these items. And to go even further in this logic, the bill also includes new taxes on products containing non-recyclable or hardly recyclable and repairable materials. All these measures mean two things: on the one hand, it becomes more economical to have products repaired, and on the other hand, it becomes more expensive to buy new objects that are difficult to repair and recycle.

Towards A Society Model That Leaves Mass Consumption Behind?
mass consumption sweden law repairing recycling

All in all, this will cost the government a lot of money: almost 190 million SEK (about 20 million EUR) for tax cuts and 270 million SEK for the VAT reduction (almost 28 million EUR). But this can also yield a lot in the long run. These measures should continue to reduce pollution and waste (which are very costly to public authorities), and above all, relaunch an entire economy based on repairing, recycling, and in the circular economy principles.

Once again, the countries of Northern Europe show that they are ahead when it comes to environmental policies. After opening the way to industrial ecology and getting the first place in all nature conservation classifications, they are once again pioneers in circular economy matters and they’re promoting more responsible consumption.

That is an old article. It went through. EVERYTHING - clothes, shoes, electricals, bikes - repain should always be the overriding option.

It applies to people as well as things:

Won’t it hurt the economy if people buy less?

We don’t anticipate that this will make people avoid buying things overall, but hopefully it will be easier for people to buy high-quality products because they know it’s affordable to have them fixed if something breaks. So it’s a lessened incentive to buy as cheap as possible and then scrap something.

And we also know that repairs are more labour-intense than production, which has been largely automised, so expanding repairs could actually contribute to an expanding labour market and a decrease in unemployment. Especially because repair services often require high skills but not very high education, so we believe there’s a currently unemployed part of the labour force that could benefit.

And these jobs would be in Sweden rather than abroad?

Of course it is a boost for the local labour market because repairs are by their nature done near where you live. So hopefully this will contribute to the growth of jobs locally all over the country. Whereas large-scale manufacturing is very centralised and can only happen in a few locations around the nation and internationally.

Is the point of this plan also to cut emissions from other countries, which you can’t directly control?

Absolutely. We’ve managed quite well to decrease emissions within Sweden – by some 25% since the early 1990s – but we see that the environmental effects of consumption are actually moving in the opposite direction, they’re increasing. And since Sweden wants to be a leader in sustainable development on a global scale, we feel a responsibility to do what we can domestically to decrease the impact of consumption. And increasing the purchase of environmentally labelled products and the sustainable use of the products we buy could make a valuable contribution to that.

What do you think of the six-hour working day, which is being tried in Sweden?

There’s no national scheme, but municipalities and private employers have tried it, and in general found it quite beneficial for the labour force. They experience better working conditions and you can see some effects when it comes to health, you get fewer sick days. We’re doing some research into it.

A clothing company offers lifetime repairs
At every stage, from harvesting the cotton, to indigo dyeing and weaving, down to the sewing, men and women have worked hard to create our products. This is why we value the product so highly and will always believe in the worth of repairing and reusing.

Free Repairs Forever
Every pair of Nudie Jeans comes with a promise of free repairs. No matter when or where you got them. Our jeans are meant to be worn a lot. We use only high-quality fabrics, and the sewing is top class.

As we provide the jeans, we also take care of them when they are torn. Just wash your jeans and hand them into your closest Nudie Jeans Repair Spot. Once they are patched and sewn, you have an updated version of your favorite jeans.

If you feel the moon is closer than any of our Repair Shops, you can look for our Repair Partners. They are fully equipped to repair and handle your jeans just as if you had left them at one of our shops. Of course, they do it for free as well. We also got repairs on wheels. Catch the Mobile Repair Station when it hits your town.

In 2020, we collected 9218 pairs of old Nudie Jeans in our Repair Shops and we hope that more and more of our users will hand in their jeans to us when they no longer want them. This way we can continue to prolong the life of the cotton fiber, regardless of whether it is as a pair of Reuse jeans, patches for the repairs, fabric for new denim accessories, or as fiber input to a recycle fabric blend for new jeans.

That throwaway culture applies to things, to people and to the environment. People got broken for a while. Hopefully now a few more people will start getting less selfish and more responsible. It seems crazy not to have all these systems in place. And sad if you have to make a law for people to do it.

Apple have been using the courts for years to try to crush anyone who dares to repair their cellphones. Even if they use reclaimed parts.
More people should have been protesting years ago, and boycotting their products. Now I hope the law crushes Apple's profits.

Oh, yes. And make them pay for an infrastructure, health care education and security in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo while they are at it. It was their throwaway culture that helped make it a failed state.
Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 4:38:32 PM

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The thoughts are good but they are wishful thinking. What good is the free-repair-forever policy if a girl wants to cut and tear a pair of new jean to make it looks tattered? She has to have a hole on the leg.

The US spent over 700 billions a year on military, at first for going into war. And now we spend more and more every year no matter wars have been ended. For all those money for the US military, Russia has better supersonic missiles, China has more navy ships. Many billions are unaccounted for, which we can give kids less expensive or even free college education, and Universal healthcare for every citizen.

Corporations has to make the money one way or the other. Military needs their money. The one percent have got theirs, the rest can, in the winds, sway. The society is a capitalist one anyway, everyone for their own.

You can brainstorm again and come back to us, please.

P.S. Kidding.

Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 5:06:24 PM

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This TechCrunch story is from last year

Finland-based Swappie has closed a €35.8 million ($40.6M) Series B to expand into new markets in Europe. The ecommerce business refurbishes and resells used iPhones, taking care of the entire process from testing and repairing used handsets, to selling the refurbished devices via its own marketplace, with a 12-month warranty...

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 11:07:48 PM

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My war baby generation were taught to "use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without". And I still do that as much as possible, although I haven't darned socks in years. 😀 But this is my fourth iPad since 2011. I'm not sure the old ones could have been repaired. Besides, I liked the lighter ones with more features.

However, if one still likes what one has and it just needs minor repairs for a reasonable cost, then one should be able to do so.

Edited: BTW, Gary, jeans are not usually cut to make them look tattered - they are manufactured that way for both genders.
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