The world’s first recycling mall is found in Sweden.
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.
The mall opened its doors in August 2015 and is located next to the Retuna Återvinningscentral recycling center at Folkestaleden 7 in Eskilstuna. It is easy for visitors to sort materials they are discarding into the containers and then drop off reusable toys, furniture, clothes, decorative items, and electronic devices in the mall’s depot, called “Returen”. In the depot, staff from AMA (Eskilstuna Municipality’s resource unit for activity, motivation and work) perform an initial culling of what is usable and what is not. The items are then distributed to the recycling shops in the mall. The shop staff then perform a second culling, where they choose what they want to repair, fix up, convert, refine – and ultimately sell. In this way, the materials are given new life.
And the business concept is working: In 2018, ReTuna Återbruksgalleria had SEK 11.7 million in sales for recycled products.
But, ReTuna is more than just a marketplace. It also aims to be a public educator. ReTuna organizes events, workshops, lectures, theme days, and more – all with a focus on sustainability. The folk high school Eskilstuna Folkhögskola conducts its one-year education program “Recycle Design – Återbruk” in the premises. There are also conference rooms, where guests can hold climate-smart meetings. Organic lunch and baked treats are on offer at Café Returama.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #retuna #recycle #repurpose #inspired
Illegal dumping comes with a fine. Purposely doing it to cause harm to a native animal (bush turkey) is also illegal. The first photo was taken at 9am on the 13th of October on path between Sydney Road & Tower st in Manly. Sophie reported it to the council who have said they will sort it this week. By 5pm there was more junk on the pile .
How people can get away with doing this in pure daylight we don’t know but we hope they get caught and charged a big fine. It is not only a nasty act but it is also damaging the local environment and making the area an eye sore. Bush turkeys are protected under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. Please report all illegal dumpings to the council immediately on 1300 434 434.
Pic: Sophie Wilson
Who's the dirty ones?
We love our beaches clean from plastic pollution.
We have book street libraries, why not a beach toy library?
How much plastic is there in your jeans?
How much plastic is there in a pair of stretch jeans? This much!
"Permacoach" have been using their composting systems to experiment with some of the things that we ultimately contribute to the waste stream. This pair of stretch jeans would usually have been repurposed but they sacrificed them to the compost bin just to see how much of the fabric was cotton and how much was plastic. We now know that most plastics do not break down. Our disposal options are to burn them and release toxic fumes or to not burn them and have them persist in our environment, possibly forever, as micro plastic particles. These micro plastics are now turning up in the bodies of animals, including us. Their long term consequences are unknown.
Our best option is to take good care of the clothing we already have and to refuse to add anything to our wardrobe until we actually need to replace something. Let’s kill fashion
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #plastic #plasticfree #jeans #fashion
Thank you all
Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew runs on team work and kindness. We love how community members of all ages and backgrounds come together for a good cause - a better and cleaner planet for all beings. We're so grateful and honoured to know you all.
How far has your food travelled?
Are you drinking plastic tea?
Did you know?
Plastic tea bags can release billions of microplastics into your drink.
They are generally used by premium brands, and contain polypropylene. These tea bags are generally the ones with a pyramid shape.
Canadian researchers found that a single plastic teabag can release ~ 11 billion microplastics in your tea.
Even if most of teabags are made from paper, they still contain a small amount of polypropylene used to seal the bag which makes them non recyclable and non compostable.
Although some brands are starting to create compostable teabags, they still produce a huge amount of waste due to individual packaging.
So what can you do?
Buy you tea in bulk (loose), and use a tea infuser or tea strainer. Zero waste, zero plastic! Easy as that!
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #tea #plastic #plasticfree
If you bring your own produce bag when shopping, you don't need to struggle to open up those pesky thin single-use fresh produce bags.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #plastic #plasticfreeproduce #plasticfree
Reusable vs single use masks
This picture - this is real. It’s from an actual school study of 320 students.
Every single day, this school is creating this much rubbish from their processed packaged foods and from their reusable plastic bags. All this waste has the potential of impacting the planet. This then will ultimately play a role in the health of our kids too.
Close your eyes and imagine 200 days worth of this waste. Then imagine it multiplied many thousands of times because we have over 9,000 schools in Australia. We know these ‘foods’ are convenient for today, but at what cost to the health of our kids and the planet?
What’s your thoughts on this? How does this photo make you feel?
Fishing line takes 600 years to decompose. How many animals can one disregarded line kill during this time?
How plastic moves
This natural experiment started in 1992 when three shipping containers lost about 30,000 rubber ducks in the middle of the ocean. Over the years the ducks were sighted across the globe allowing scientists to better understand ocean currents. Imagine where all rubbish goes that is left on beaches.
Lauren Roman has just finished a doctoral thesis looking at the effects of plastics in marine birds found in Australia and New Zealand. Balloons are the number 1 cause of death in sea birds such as Albatross and Mutton birds that have consumed plastic.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #balloons #plastic
Please snip all plastic sealers from milk and other bottles. Takes a second & hopefully saves a life. Thank you.
Ditch these four
Let's have it as a goal for October to ditch the big four: plastic straws, plastic bags, takeaway coffee in a single use cup and bottled water. To help you with this, invest in a keep cup, put reusable bags in your car o fold them up in your handbag, work bags, remember to the waiter/waitress that you don't want a straw in your drink and invest in a glass or stainless steel bottle and fill it up from the tap or water stations we have on the beaches.