ReTuna Återbruksgalleria in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna is changing the way we shop – and consume – for the better. Here at the world’s first recycling shopping mall, discarded items are given a new lease of life, becoming part of the circular economy.
Everything for sale at the mall has been either repaired or upcycled on site, or was produced sustainably.
The mall opened in 2015 and the concept has proved to be a huge success. It has already created 50 new jobs and notched up annual sales of SEK 8.1 million.
But ReTuna is not just a nifty shopping mall of thrifty shoppers. It also organises workshops, lectures and other events focused on sustainability. A local college even runs a recycling design course at the mall, and climate-smart conference rooms are available for meetings. And food is also available at Café Returama – all organic, naturally.
This case relates to Global Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.