While the number of environmentally conscious stores is on the rise in Budapest as well, the collective behind Printa have the special honour of having had sustainability on their minds way before it was cool. Today, their flagship collections are AWARE, focused on clothing handmade from recycled materials, and Printa’s Pest, a series of handmade objects, from postcards to small souvenirs and clothes inspired by the colours and shapes of Budapest. I particularly love the items dedicated to Budapest’s many different manhole covers, which I’ve started documenting and categorizing myself, a further sign that Printa does make you aware of your surroundings in more ways than one.
They also stock a zero waste collection of plastic free and reusable household objects, which was launched with a workshop, with a printed guide also available for those who need help with adjusting towards a more sustainable lifestyle- myself included, currently trying to wean myself off excess plastic bags and bottles. My other weak spot is the children’s collection, which I of course need for myself, because one is never too grown up for a well-designed, if tiny, fox pillow (sadly, I don’t fit into the shirts anymore.)
The store also serves as an exhibition space, a silkscreen printing studio and a café as well – while it has no proper terrace, those who prefer their caffeination al fresco can sit on the benches in front of the windows and admire the Moorish beauty of the Rumbach Sebesytén synagogue across the street.