I think most of us can agree that we all have too much ‘stuff’. Big box stores are especially bad – rows and rows of new things, waiting for homes. One of my New Year pledges this, year was to try to find anything that I need second hand first, and then if I can’t find it, looking for it new. So far I’ve been very successful, but it isn’t always easy.
ReTuna Återbrucksgalleria is a mall in Sweden that only sells refurbished items. There are 15 stores in the mall that sell everything from furniture, to clothes, building materials – basically anything you could every want.
The mall also has a recycling facility where you can drop off items that you no longer want. These items will then be repaired or restored, and then sold. There is also a cafeteria that sells local organic food, and an education centre with its aim to teaches courses: DIY courses, year long course, and more.
I love this, and think it’s a fantastic idea. This encourages people to buy second hand, while making it easy and accessible. It can be hard if you have to run around to a bunch of different second hand stores looking for items: if they are all in one place, it makes it a lot easier, and hopefully more and more people will start shopping second hand!
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All throughout the news, and in my classes, the majority of the narratives we learn about are negative – ocean acidification, deforestation, biodiversity loss, coral bleaching, plastic pollution, the list goes on and on. Some days I ask myself “What’s the point? Why do anything if we are all f@cked anyway?” Well there is a point, there is hope, and we need to keep fighting the good fight and remind ourselves of the success stories and the positivity.