Eskilstuna, a town in Sweden is taking recycling to the next level. ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is the country’s, and probably the world’s, first facility where people can enjoy all that a mall has to offer, only that the products are all recycled.
The mall includes a recycling centre where people can drop-off things they no longer need and search for something new in the shopping area.
The goods that are left behind will then be used in workshops where they are repaired, refurbished and re-sold.
The new products will go into 14 specialty shops that include furniture, computers, audio equipment, clothes, toys, bikes, and gardening and building materials.
ReTuna Mall is operated by the local municipality and it has managed to create 50 jobs in repair and retail. The facility is also a space for local start-ups and artisans to carry out their activities.
Through this facility, local authorities have found the perfect way to transform idle goods into profit.
“Our idea is that the customer comes here and leaves, for example, some furniture and clothing that they are tired of or have no use for anymore. Then you go on a lap of the mall. Maybe find a new jacket and a new picture frame that will make the photograph of your grandfather unique and look really nice. After that you eat organic lunch in our restaurant in order to gather strength for another lap, this time finding new flowers for the garden and a new lamp for the living room. When you leave here, you should feel that you have done something good for the environment and that you shopped for the climate.” said Anna Bergström, centre manager ReTuna Recycling Galleria
The shopping centre includes a café and restaurant with a heavy focus on organic products, as well as a conference and exhibition facility complete with a speciality school where students can learn about recycling.