When you think about a shopping, you immediately imagine a crowd busy in spending their money around. What if we tell you that some people around the world are creating a brand-new, conscious, ways of shopping?
There are people who do not love to go shopping, for several reasons: they do not have enough time, enough money or, simply, they just do not like to get lost into those huge, crowded shopping places.
Well, let’s be honest, we do not like big malls either. This is why we were so happy when we found out that there are people changing the concept of shopping and mall as a consumeristic activity, giving it a form of activism for the environment.
This is how ReTuna Återbruksgalleria, a shopping mall in Eskilstuna, Sweden, describes itself on its website:
“ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is the world's first recycling mall, revolutionizing shopping in a climate-smart way. Old items are given new life through repair and upcycling. Everything sold is recycled or reused or has been organically or sustainably produced.” This is great news for the people, like us, who are trying to be more respectful towards the environment!
Inside the mall, people will find regular shops, with the only difference that the products sold in there are going to have a lighter impact on our planet. For the people who go there, ReTuna offers more than a conscious shopping experience, though: they host exhibitions, events, shows, and have meeting rooms available to support the business activities of their guests.
This kind of mall also introduces a concept of circular economics, where the customer for an article can also be a seller for another one, and viceversa, in the same place. ReTuna Återbruksgalleria just makes it easier to get rid of something you do not need any longer, or to find someone who is willing (and able) to fix it if it is damaged. No more unused stuff gathering dust in the garage!
这就是 ，瑞典埃斯基尔斯蒂纳的购物中心在其网站上对自己的评价：“ReTuna Aterbruksgalleria是世界上第一家回收品购物中心，它以一种环境友好的方式彻底改变了购物方式。旧物品通过修理和升级重获新生。所有出售的产品都是回收或再利用的，或者是有机地或可持续地生产出来的。”这对我们这样的人来说是个好消息，他们正试图更加尊重环境！
Grocery shopping is the protagonist of a great, conscious project in Berlin: here you can buy your food at SirPlus, a shop for saved food. In the consumeristic era we are living in, food literally needs to be saved in order not to be wasted: at SirPlus people find expired stuff (everything with an already-passed best before date), but also imperfect or ripe fruit and vegetable, at half the price.
Everyone loves to buy at SirPlus, since its founders set up everything to make shopping there as pleasant and smart as any other supermarket: home delivery and e-commerce, as an example. They also donate 20% of their products to charities.
Grocery shopping is actually one of the moments when one’s awareness really needs to be awaken, under so many points of view: health, sustainability, cost, storage, etc. Too much food gets wasted in supermarkets all around the world, just because it expires before being sold and consumed.
What happens when consumers get involved in a supermarket’s management? They get better quality products, save money and gain consciousness of the role they play on the economy stage.
This is what is happening at La Louve, a collaborative supermarket in Paris : the project started in 2010 as an idea of 2 American guys, and now is a co-op with more than 6.000 members. Everyone here is called to contribute in the activities of the supermarket, be them stock handling, book-keeping, cleaning or cashier. In exchange, they have the assurance they get low prices, high quality and a honest relationship with providers and producers, since they can deal personally with them.
These stories from Europe are really inspiring, inviting us to keep on dreaming a better future for everyone: we cannot wait to learn about new, positive examples from around the world!