The first shopping mall for reused items in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records in 2020, is placed in Eskilstuna, a city in Sweden. The popular mall holds 13 stores at an area of 5,000 square meters. The 2-stroey complex offers technology devices, toys, flowers, furniture, clothing as well as home appliances, among other things. The mall attracts 250,000 to 300,000 guests annually.
Eskilstuna launched its work as an eco-city in the 1990s. In 2015, ReTuna launched its work as a mall for recycled and reused items.The trend of purchasing reused items has been upsurging in Sweden. It’s a country where the Swedes appreciate second-hand goods.
Among the first runners in protecting the environment, Eskilstuna has a vision to cut out on its fossil fuels and decrease CO2 by 2045. The environmentally-friendly city applies the cutting-edge recycling machinery to discard waste and junks in the most efficient way.
The only issue ReTuna is facing now is the numerous cars parking along the city’s streets and car parks. This means plenty of gas emission! However, the city is firmly aimed at preserving the environment. Busses in the city center operate on biogas fuel. The city’s “Climate Plan 2020” is ongoing too.
With the issue on the agenda of the city's social democratic mayor, it is expected that the city will opportunely keep on environmental sustainability.
Name: Samira H.