Retuna Recycling Gallery

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I’ve long been an advocate of anything that can be recycled or re-loved.  So when I came across a facebook post of a friend showing the amazing Retuna Recycling Shopping Mall in Sweden, I had to take a closer look. 

 Opened in 2015 it is truly a shopping mall with a difference.  Dedicated entirely to recycled goods, it is a inspired concept.  The residents of Eskilstuna take along unwanted items, furniture, clothes, plants, broken bicycles, basically anything that can be re-used, fixed and recycled.   The items are then sorted by the staff and passed on to the store owners in the mall who repair or upcycle to be sold on in their shops.

A purpose built under cover drive through depot allows people to drop off their unwanted items.  Particularly important in a place like Sweden when its snowing !   

The entrance to the mall.  Bright, light and airy.  Not your average looking recycling centre.  

Ecoflor is a flower shop with a difference.  All plants are from environmentally certified crops and they also sell a wide range of recycled pots and accessories.

Stockholm City Mission. their aim is to contribute to a sustainable society where all things are reused and used to create opportunities for people to grow through job training, internship and full time jobs.  Anything left over or unsold from the business is put towards supporting charity work in the city.  They sells pretty much everything.  The perfect place to pick up a bargain and support a great cause.

ReTuna Kitchen and home

In addition to the shops, the Retuna Recycling Gallery is also home to a cafe, workshops, festivals, theme days and lectures – all focusing on sustainability.

For me, this would be my perfect job.  I would love to be able to set something like this up in Exeter.  A bright, light, clean space selling innovative and quality recycled goods. 

ahh well, in another life.

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12 Comments

  1. janm
    October 22, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    amazing could do with this at our new shopping mall in Northwich xxxx

  2. karen jones
    October 22, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    Agree Jan. I think it would be amazing if these kind of places were in every town. xx

  3. Midlife Singlemum
    October 24, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    A friend took me to a big barn in his town in Holland once. it was full of stuff people could leave for others to take. You paid a nominal fee and there was amazing pre-loved and gently used furniture, bric-a-brac, everything. I agree that every town should have one.

  4. karen jones
    October 25, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    Oh dear lord above I would have literally been in heaven ! Love all the scandi countries they are so ahead with this stuff. xx

  5. FreshDesignBlog.com
    October 26, 2017 / 11:13 am

    That looks amazing, I'd love to go there! It would be great to see centres designed like this in the UK.

    • karen jones
      October 26, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      Totally agree Rachel. It would be my dream job to set one up. xx

  6. Kimberly Duran
    October 26, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    Oh this looks amazing! What a great idea, I'd love treasure-hunting there! xx

    • karen jones
      October 26, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      Me too. Thinking it might be on the summer holiday list now xx

  7. littlebigbell
    October 26, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    Looks amazing. What a great idea. I would have loved to explore it.

  8. Antonia Ludden
    October 26, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Wow, what a fantastic idea for a mall! Love it x

  9. Kate
    October 27, 2017 / 10:54 am

    Wow, what a wonderful idea! You should do try and set up something like this Karen x

  10. Sue
    October 27, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    Hey this is such a brilliant idea! I imagine there’s be a lot of red tape to get through over here but maybe one for Dragons Den?!

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