Sweden opens an entire mall full of reclaimed goods

April 7, 2017 by  
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You’re familiar with thrift stores – maybe you shop at one from time to time. But have you ever seen an entire mall of reclaimed goods? Such a thrifter’s paradise exists in Sweden , about 1.5 hours west of central Stockholm. ReTuna Återbruksgalleria , or ReTuna Recycling Galleria, peddles reused or upcycled goods, pioneering the climate -friendly future of the shopping mall. How does ReTuna work? People can submit items worthy of reclaiming or restoring to the Return. Staff from the city of Eskilstuna’s Activity, Motivation, and Work unit sort the donated items, which are then fixed up, repaired, or transformed to be sold in the mall. The goods are assigned to the mall shops based on each one’s business plan. There are 14 shops inside ReTuna, along with a restaurant serving organic food . Related: 6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure The purpose of the creative mall is to explore a new way of shopping resulting in less harm to the environment . All businesses in the mall must operate in an environmentally friendly way, and if they must purchase new goods – such as the cafe – the items must be organic or climate-friendly. According to the mall’s website, “ Sustainability is not about holding back and living less – but achieving more with the resources we already have.” Mall manager Anna Bergström says on the website they envision customers stopping by to donate old furniture or clothing, and then entering the mall to find maybe a new jacket or a new lamp, and having a bite in the organic restaurant. She said, “When you leave here, you should feel that you did something good for the environment.” The ReTuna website says it is “perhaps the world’s first shopping mall that will take advantage of things that need new homes.” The recycling mall will host an information meeting on April 20, 2017. + ReTuna Återbruksgalleria Images via ReTuna Återbruksgalleria and ReTuna Återbruksgalleria Facebook

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Bangkok Residents Turn Abandoned Mall into a Giant Fish Pond

July 14, 2014 by  
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It’s no secret that the American shopping mall is going the way of the dodo as big box stores and online shopping take over. But what to do with the abandoned buildings? Perhaps we should learn from a group of people in Thailand who recently turned an old mall into a giant fish pond. The Bangkok Post reports that the abandoned Bang Lamphu shopping mall in Thailand’s capital city had no roof and got filled with water, creating a 1,640 square foot pond that was a breeding ground for mosquitoes. To rid themselves of both the danger and annoyance, local residents took matters into their own hands by bringing in fish of various species to fill the pond and eat the bugs. Read the rest of Bangkok Residents Turn Abandoned Mall into a Giant Fish Pond Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: abandoned , Bangkok , department , fish , mall , new , Pond , store , Structure , Thailand , world

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MVRDV Unveils Plans for an Underground Shopping Mall Topped With a Lush Park in Barcelona

August 6, 2013 by  
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DIY Summer Style Ideas

July 23, 2013 by  
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Before you head to the mall for that new summer trend, take a second look at the back of your closet. You may not wear those forgotten duds now, but a few simple modifications could keep them from going to …

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12 Handmade, Upcycled Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

May 6, 2013 by  
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Skip the mall for Mother’s Day this year and give mom something from the heart. For a bit of reuse inspiration to get you going, we gathered up 12 eco-friendly ideas that are sure to bring a smile to her face.

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Boxpark to Open 2nd Shipping Container Pop-Up Mall in NDSM Shipyards in Amsterdam

October 16, 2012 by  
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