FINLAND: Second-hand supermarkets are promoting sustainable production.

25. Dezember 2018 | Social | via Weforum.org

There’s an online shop that serves the whole nation as well as an environmental-education programme.

In Finland, seven non-profit “reuse centres” called Kierrätyskeskus have popped up around Helsinki, offering preloved furniture, clothes, toys, books, sports gear and cookware, according to an article on Weforum.org.

Sounds like a giant thrift store? It’s more a way of life, promoting sustainable consumption while also selling second-hand craft supplies and what it calls “incredibly fabulous” upcycled furniture. And there’s an online shop that serves the whole nation as well as an environmental-education programme.

While the stores aren’t new, they represent a growing awareness of how human life is putting pressure on the planet, and the need to cut down on consumption. With the global population forecast to grow to 9 billion by 2045, these ideas are gaining traction in many countries, with people and governments recognising the need to reduce their environmental impact and embrace a “circular economy” by reusing and recycling more.

New Zealand is just one example, where the government is aiming to reduce waste with such an approach.

Finland’s non-profit Kierrätyskeskus have popped up around Helsinki.