It is quite unbelievable that I am only learning about this amazing mall, in Sweden Eskilstuna, now, when it has been open since the year 2015! As the title says there is a mall that solely sells repaired and recycled goods, in addition, they actually recycle and repair the items in the mall. How cool is that?!
The mall takes household item donations, which they then sort into workshops to be recycled or repaired and then sold in their boutiques or if there is no use to the donations they send them to the recycling centres. They have 9 running stores and 3 small pop-up stores that sell anything from furniture, computers, clothes, building materials, toys, you name it. In addition, they have the organically focused cafe and a restaurant to feed the hungry shoppers and educational centre, conference hall and a meeting room.
The team behind the mall is aiming to “make it the best town to handle waste-management” and hope the customers will bring in their unwanted items and stay to look for what they would like from the stores available to them. This sounds so exciting I wish there would be one in every town! It creates jobs and reduces the waste burden on the local governments. This is a great effort to make a whole town more sustainable!
I wonder whether this kind of a mall would be successful in a town where people are not as sustainably conscious and happy to buy second hand? Would you like to visit a mall like this?
You can read more about the mall from here1 and here2 and visit their (unfortunately it is all in Swedish) website, picture from here.
In our flat, we do not have a dining table. I eat breakfast and lunch at my desk and when we are eating dinner it is done on the couch watching tv or on occasion (when we have guests or it’s Christmas) we pull out my other work desk that we set for the dinner. Often, after work, I do enjoy watching a tv-show which distracts me from what has been going on during the day, however, often I also find it paralyses me on to the couch and I get frustrated easily.
This is why when researching about healthy eating habits, I was not surprised to learn, that sitting at a table with your family or friends, without distractions such as TV, can be beneficial for your health. When you concentrate on what you eat you are more mindful about it and when you converse with somebody it makes you eat slower and you feel full quicker, thus you will not overeat. In addition, to me, sitting at a table and having to get up from it after dinner gives new energy to work on something else, rather than be stuck with a TV-show. Funnily enough, we often want to go out for a meal, because then we know that we will have a meaningful conversation.
So recently I started dreaming of a dining area. I know there is no room in our current flat, but the more reason I can dream of one for our future flat and meanwhile try to dine without the TV on (wish me luck). I collected here some ideas of the dining area that I would enjoy eating at. Obviously, I would like to make the area sustainable, so a lot of items from recycled or otherwise sustainable sources. First things that come to mind are; foliage, thick repurposed wooden tables, comfy chairs, beautiful place mats and coasters to protect the table and copperware, which is supposed to have antibacterial properties (read more about it here).
- The ball lamps in picture 2 are just wonderful and made out of upcycled capiz shells, which are in abundance in Indonesia. I absolutely adore them. You can read more about the recycling method and find the lamp here.
- The beautiful geometric acrylic lamp in picture 6 is made from recycled materials and I love the shading it gives on the walls. You can find the lamp here with the information about how it was made.
- The copper table in picture 7 is so interesting. I know I said I would love a repurposed wood table, but that would be my option two. Don’t you just love the colours? The table is made by Arhaus and recycled as well. You can find more similar tables here.
- Pictures 8 and 13 are visual of other items from Arhaus. I love that such a big company has built their success on making sustainable furniture (read more about it here). More companies should do that!
- The lamp in picture 12 is made out of recycled plastic bottles. Only on closer inspection did I notice that and thought how cool the idea was! Check it out here.
- Picture 15, although, over saturated, is close to the ideal dining space. Maybe a bit too much foliage, but everybody needs a lot of oxygen!
- If you want to see more recycled furniture ideas check these four small shops 1, 2, 3 and 4, or if you liked the Arhaus check their dining room set here.
- The rest of the pictures are from Pinterest and can be found on this board.
Do you dine at a family table or do you watch tv on the couch instead?