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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?

 

当你想到购物的时候,你会立刻联想到一群人在忙着花钱。如果我们告诉你世界上有人正在创造一种全新的、有环境意识的购物方式呢?

 

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.

 

有些人不喜欢去购物,原因有这样几个:他们没有足够的时间、足够的钱,或者只是他们不想在拥挤巨大的购物场所迷路。嗯,老实说,我们也不喜欢大商场。这就是为什么当我们发现有人将购物和商场的概念转变为一种消费主义的活动进而给物品二次生命时,我们是如此的高兴。

 

Sweden: second-hand and repaired stuff shopping at ReTuna Återbruksgalleria

 

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!

 

瑞典:ReTuna Återbruksgalleria,售卖二手或翻修商品

 

这就是 ReTuna Återbruksgalleria,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!

 

在商场里,人们会找到正规的商店,唯一不同的是那里出售的产品会对我们的星球产生更小的影响。对于那些去那里的人来说,ReTuna提供的不仅仅是一种有环保意识的购物体验:他们举办展览、活动、展览,还有会议室,以支持他们的客人的商务活动。

 

这种购物中心还引入了循环经济学的概念。在这里,一个物件的客户也可以是另一个的卖家,反之亦然,而且是在同一个地方交易。ReTuna Aterbruksgalleria正使你摆脱一个很久不使用的东西变得更简单,或者,如果它被损坏了,找到一个愿意(并且能够)修理它的人如果它被损坏了。不再有没用的东西在车库里积灰了!

 

 

Germany: a grocery shop for saved food

 

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.

 

德国:一个保存食品的食品杂货店。

 

在柏林,食品购物是人们生活主角:在SirPlus,一个保存食物的商店,你可以买到你想要食物。在我们生活的消费主义时代,食品确实需要被保存,以避免被丢弃。在SirPlus,人们发现过期的东西(所有的东西都是在最佳食用日期之前已经通过的),但也有不完美的或成熟的水果和蔬菜,价格是原价格的一半。

 

每个人都喜欢在SirPlus购物,因为它的创始人在那里设置的一切让购物变得和其他超市一样令人愉快:比如送货上门和网上商城。他们还将20%的产品捐赠给慈善机构。 

 

 

France: a collaborative supermarket in Paris

 

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.

 

法国:巴黎的一个合作超市。

 

实际上在某些时候,人们的意识需要被唤醒,而食品杂货购物,如果从健康,可持续,成本,储存等等角度而言,实际上是其中一种需要被唤醒的时刻。在世界各地的超市里,太多的食品被浪费掉了,因为它在被出售和消费之前就已经过期了。

 

当消费者参与到超市的管理中会发生什么?他们获得了更好的产品,节省了金钱,并获得了他们在经济舞台上扮演的角色的意识。

 

这正发生在La Louve,在巴黎的合作超市:这个项目始于2010年两个美国人的想法,现在是一个拥有超过6000成员的合作社。这里的每一个人都要超市的活动中做出贡献,无论是股票处理、记账、清洁还是出纳。作为交换,他们得到了低价、高质量的产品和与供应商和生产商之间的诚实关系的保证,因为他们可以亲自处理这些问题。

 

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!

 

这些来自欧洲的故事真的很鼓舞人心,诱导我们继续梦想一个更美好的未来:我们迫不及待地想要了解更多来自世界各地的新奇的、积极的例子!

 

 

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