What was the rather dark and cavernous Baobab Mall has been completely revamped into a sleek new ‘sustainable shopping’ centre called 210 On Long.
Each shop in the mall is required to be at least 10% green (how that’s measured, I’m not exactly certain!) and renovations were apparently done using sustainable materials wherever possible (eg used bricks instead of new).
Outside each shop is a label describing what is sustainable about the contents – whether it be because the products are made using local labour, local materials, are made of sustainable materials, or by virtue of being energy-efficient and so on.
It’s a nice touch.
Shops in the centre include the fabulous Baobab Books (new and second-hand books), Think Shoes (natural, healthy, stylish shoes), the Green Shop (green toys and gadgets etc), the Hemporium (awesome hemp-based clothing and accessories), WagWorld (cute planet-friendly pet toys, blankets and cushions) and the eye-catching Galleria Gibello.
There’s also a coffee shop, for the caffeine-addicted.
Of course, ‘green’ being the new trendy, this mall may be just another way of cashing in on being eco-friendly, and 10% green does strike me as a little bit of an arbitrary figure (and a low one).
But, hey, I do think it’s a great idea, whatever the reasoning behind it may be – and I really like what they’ve done with the place, so I’ll definitely be back!