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London mall made of recycled shipping containers

Boxpark Mall

The Brits always seem to be a step or two ahead of those of us on the other side of the “pond”. London’s Boxpark Shoreditch Mall is a great example.

Boxpark Mall 2

Made of 60 recycled shipping containers stacked two stories high and five rows wide, it features a number of trendy clothing stores. Upstairs are restaurants sporting outside tables and benches. Considered the world’s first “pop-up mall”, its stores vary in size, with some using two or three containers and featuring unique displays. The stores carry designer brands, casualwear, footwear, with bike shops and other retailers.

Boxpark Mall 3

This isn’t likely to be a permanent shopping mall. It may only be “up” for the next five years. But it certainly is an excitingly innovative way to green retail!

Debra Atlas is a freelance environmental writer and eco-enthusiast based in Northern California, and is the Red Ferret’s Ecological Editor. Debra looks for the upside of eco-change – what’s positive, making a difference. She hunts down those interesting things cooked up by creative minds, especially if they’re strange and eccentric.

Debra Atlas – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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