In the suburbs of Hamburg, Germany stands the giant 20,000-square-foot warehouse of Stilbruch. Run by the city's sanitation department, the facility checks, repairs, and resells some 400,000 items each year to the public. One can find everything from glass lamps, dishwashers, and antiques to kitchenware, laptops, and bicycles. Many of the older items that come in are often more durable and of better built than newer ones. The facility is part of a wide-scale effort in Europe to promote mindful reusing in place of mindless consumption. According to one European Commission study, 77% of its citizens would rather repair devices than replace them. Stilbruch started in 2001 with one employee and six temporary workers; the warehouse has now grown to have 70 staff working across two sites. The benefits are clear: energy savings and emissions savingsnot only at the production phase but also through the total life cycle of these goods, says Andr Rckert, a research associate at Dresden's Institute of Waste Management and Circular Economy.

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