If you've ever shopped at a thrift store you know can you score some truly great finds for a much lower price than if you were paying full retail, but what if you could find an entire mall filled with recycled goods? Sweden is making every bargain hunter's dreams come true with ReTuna Återbruksgalleria or ReTuna Recycling Galleria.
Located about 1.5 hours west of central Stockholm, ReTuna aims to be the climate-friendly future of the shopping mall. The mall features a café/restaurant, an exhibition area, conference facilities, a training college for with recycling classes and 14 shops filled with secondhand items like clothes, furniture, toys, bikes, computers and audio equipment, gardening tools and building materials.
So, how exactly does it work? People can submit reused goods worthy of recycling or restoring to the Return. Staff sort through donated items, which are then repaired or transformed to be sold in the mall. The goods are assigned to the mall shops based on each one’s business plan.
Manager of ReTuna, Anna Bergström, says they envision customers stopping by to donate old furniture or clothing, and then entering the mall to find maybe a new jacket or a new lamp, and having a bite in the organic restaurant. She said, “When you leave here, you should feel that you did something good for the environment.” Though ReTuna may be the world's first mall filled with recyclables, perhaps some day you'll find something very similar in your own town.