Every town needs this!
I live just outside a rural township, where we have two charity-owned opportunity shops, a couple of for-profit salvage depots and a couple of antique stores. They are great for someone like me who likes to do all sorts of DIY, but there has got to be a market everywhere to supply already refurbished and/or repurposed items. I think this is a fabulous initiative!
Last week I wrote about the Edinburgh Remakery, and how they are trying to foster a culture of repair. It’s one of the most shared posts I’ve ever written, and there’s clearly a real interest in this whole idea. Lots of you have been in touch to share similar projects, including this one from Sweden.
ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is a mall dedicated entirely to repaired and upcycled goods. It combines a traditional municipal recycling centre with a shopping centre, so that people can drop off goods that they no longer need, and then browse for something new – perhaps stopping off at the cafe in between. It’s the first mall of its kind in Sweden, and as far as they know, the first in the world.
Staff at the recycling depot intercept and sort incoming goods as they are dropped off, putting aside those that can be repaired or refurbished…
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