Sweden opens the world’s first recycling mall
In Sweden, ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is the world’s first mall that combines a recycling centre with a circular-economy-centric shopping experience.
There, you can drop off old toys, furniture, clothes, decorative items, and electronic devices in the mall’s depot. Then, the organization distributes the reusable items to the mall’s recycling shops that fix them up and resell them.
Through this cycle, ReTuna has created a one-stop-shop to recycle unwanted goods and buy something “new” in the process—giving old items a new life and reducing our environmental footprint.
Why does it matter? Almost 60% of the world’s waste ends up in landfills, eventually releasing toxins that contaminate the soil and groundwater and emitting dangerous greenhouse gases.
ReTuna Återbruksgalleria revolutionizes shopping in a climate-smart way by keeping items in perfect condition out of the landfills—and participating in the Swedish recycling revolution.
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