Cover picture credit: Brian Cliff Olguin for The New York Times.

Cover picture credit: Brian Cliff Olguin for The New York Times.

When it comes to recycling, Sweden sets an example for the rest of the world. Thanks to a government prioritization on sustainability, the Nordic country recycles 1.5 billion bottles and cans annually, a staggering amount for a population of about 9.6 million (in 2013). In terms of rubbish, Swedes only produce a measly 461 kilograms (1,106 pounds) of waste average per year.

Sweden continues to think of innovative ways to stay green. One proposed approach rejects the Western practice of throwing things away all together. Things that would normally see their way to a trash bin—such as clothing, shoes, or bicycles—would instead be repaired.

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Source: BuzzWorthy