Can you imagine a mall for repaired and recycled items? ReTuna in Sweden is the world’s first mall for recycling
Since last few years people’s concern for the environment is increasing and so as for recycling. From recycling plastic bags to use eco-friendly products, there are all round developments to be seen in almost every corner of the world. Moving a step ahead, Sweden opens world’s first mall for repaired and recycled goods.
ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is an all in one recycling establishment in Sweden, which has a recycling center and a shopping mall. Customers can donate the items they no longer need and then shop for something new. The mall was named after the Swedish town in which the building is located, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
Goods are sorted into various workshops where they are refurbished or repaired accordingly. Products are then sorted into 14 specialty shops that include furniture, computers, audio equipment, clothes, toys, bikes, and gardening and building materials; all garnered from second-hand products.
Our idea is that the customer comes here and leaves for example, some furniture and clothing that can get tired or have no use for anymore. Then you go a lap at the mall. Maybe find a new jacket and a new framework that will make the photograph of the grandfather unique and extra fine. Since you eat organic lunch in our restaurant to gather strength to go another lap and find new flowers for the garden and a new lamp for the living room. When you leave here, you should feel that you did something good for the environment and that they shopped climate, says Anna Bergström, center manager ReTuna Recycling Galleria.
ReTuna Aterbruksgalleria also includes a café and a restaurant with a heavy focus on organic products, as well as a conference and exhibition facility complete with a specialty school for studying recycling. The center is operated by the local municipality. It has benefited the local economy by creating 50 new repair and retail jobs, and providing space for private startups and local artisans.