Eskilstuna is a city 100 kilometers west of Stockholm, Sweden and features a shopping center dedicated entirely to repaired and up-cycled goods.
But the mall is not just a big yard sale. ReTuna Återbruksgalleria opened in 2015 and features 14 shops, a restaurant, an exhibition area, conference facilities and even a training college for studying recycling.
The staff at the recycling depot intercept and sort incoming goods as they are dropped off, putting aside those that can be repaired or refurbished.
These items are then passed on to workshops to be renovated and sold in specialist outlets for everything from furniture and building materials to computers and clothes.
Shoppers at the mall have reason to feel good about their purchases – they’re contributing to what is being called the circular economy – an alternative industrial model that encourages us to do more with less as the world’s resources become increasingly scarce.
But, ReTuna is more than just a marketplace. It also aims to be a public educator. ReTuna organizes events, workshops, lectures, theme days, and more – all with a focus on sustainability.
In addition to offering sustainable shopping and serving as a public educator in relation to environmental issues, ReTuna Återbruksgalleria has generated over 50 new jobs. The mall has become international news – documentary filmmakers, journalists and curious tourists from around the world have visited ReTuna Återbruksgalleria. The concept is now spreading.