Uusix is a recent find of mine. At a first glance it is a small shop that sells funky clothes, canvas bags household items and jewellery located in the Helsinki Recycling center complex. But there is a lot more to this place than meets the eye.
The shop sells items that have been made in the Uusix-workshops. These workshops, owned by the city of Helsinki, hire people who have been unemployed and provide a supportive and safe atmosphere where the employees can find a new direction for their lives.
All the products have been safely and ethically produced using second-hand materials whenever possible. They worked together for example with Marimekko and the Finnish airline company Finnair, who provided them with some old business class blankets which found a entirely new life on the hands of the creative Uusix-artisans.
What makes everything even nicer is that the items are really cool and truly unique and the price-quality ratio is amazing! And if you get into a true hunter mood while visiting, be sure to visit the Recycling Centre shop as well, which is next to the Uusix-workshop.