In a bid to dramatically reduce waste, the Berlin government launched a facility in September that may be the first of its kind: a state-run department store that sells items that might otherwise get thrown away and acts as an education center encouraging repair and reuse. The store is over 7,000 square feet and sells used and upcycled clothing, furniture, phones and other electronics. Trying to reach beyond people who already shop at second-hand shops, the store’s location is also significant: it is in one of Berlin’s most established, middle-of-the-road department stores. Its longer-term ambition, according to the city’s 2020-2030 waste master plan, is to launch a store in every one of Berlin’s 12 boroughs.

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