There are plenty of places we’d love to visit around the world. The Eiffel Tower, Disneyland, the Great Wall of China. But we’ve recently discovered one new destination that has quickly climbed to the top of our list. ReTuna Återbruksgalleria in Sweden is a shopping centre dedicated to recycled goods. It’s the first of its kind in the world and a great leap in the sphere of upcycled products. These guys deserve a huge round of applause for their efforts to decrease community waste and promote repair and reuse. Good on ya, Sweden! We’re so proud of you!
A Shopping Mall With a Difference
Not only is ReTuna Återbruksgalleria a refreshing take on the idea of the shopping centre, the stores inside also help to make a big difference for our planet. The mall sells recycled items but also lets customers drop off all their unwanted goods too. All of these items are then carefully sorted and sent out to local workshops to be transformed into something new. They finally then make their way back to ReTuna Återbruksgalleria to be sold in one of the 14 shops. This means that less waste ends up in landfill, relieving the cleanup strain on the municipal council but also lends Mother Nature a much-needed helping hand. These guys really have nailed the concept of full-circle! All of the shops specialise in different things, so the mall looks minimal and well curated. Not like a hodge-podge of vintage items that you would find at your local flea market. But really, would you expect anything less from the Swedes?
Where is ReTuna Återbruksgalleria?
The shopping centre can be found in the city of Eskilstuna, in Södermanland Sweden. This is where the “ReTuna” part of the mall’s name comes from. It’s a quaint and charming medieval city that is located in the south-west of the country, about 1.5 hours drive from Stockholm.
If you’re headed off on a Scandinavian adventure anytime soon, we highly recommend spending a day off the tourist trail and heading down to ReTuna Återbruksgalleria.