Waste not want not: Sweden to give tax breaks for repairs

Swedish government wants to cut VAT rate on bicycle and shoe repairs and let people claim back cost of appliance repairs  The Swedish government wants to stimulate the repairs industry through tax incentives. Photograph: Phil Banko/Getty Images The Swedish government is introducing tax breaks on repairs to everything from bicycles to washing machines so it will no longer make sense to throw out old or broken items and buy new ones. Sweden’s ruling Social Democrat and Green party coalition is set to submit proposals to Continue reading →

Forthcoming Transcoco events

Saturday 21st May 7.30pm – Jonny and the Baptists – the End is Nigh.  ‘Last year, Jonny accidentally told his four-year-old niece that climate change would end the world.  To stop her crying, he and Paddy promised to fix it.  They tried really hard…’ This musical comedy show about family, friendship and environmental disaster comes from the award wining stars of Radio 4’s The Now Show and looks like it could be great fun.  The Pound have agreed to offer a special ticket price of Continue reading →

Top Wind Energy Myths

The Climate Reality Project pose the question – did you know wind power is one of the most affordable and viable sources of clean energy? In fact, from 2009 to 2015, the cost of generating electricity using wind energy fell 61 percent. The US Department of Energy even shows that increasing wind power development in the US could save Americans $149 billion net by 2050. Great cost savings is just one of the many benefits of wind power. But many people don’t know about this wind win Continue reading →

Heather Angel and the Art of Pollination

Pollination – visual insights Working across 20 different countries, at Kew Gardens in London or in her own garden, Heather Angel has captured images that provide an intriguing insight into how flowers communicate with their pollinators. Heather Angel is an internationally renowned nature photographer and will talk about the fascinating ways flowers entice, or reject, pollinators. She will illustrate her talk with her amazing close-up and flash photography. Heather is the past President of the Royal Photographic Society and received an honorary Doctorate from Bath University. Continue reading →

Give and Take Plus!

Following on from the success of our recent Give and Take days in Corsham and Box we are pleased to announce an expanded event at Corsham’s Springfield Community Campus on Saturday 26th September, from 10.30-12.30. As well as the ever-popular free community swap shop there will be a variety of stalls for people to browse and find out more information on a range of environmental and sustainability topics.  Plus we’ll be serving refreshments – all Fairtrade, naturally! More details to follow…