“At De Kringwinkel, a lot of products are given a second life instead of ending up in the garbage bin. There are basic goods at very democratic prices, so that everyone, also people with limited means, can buy quality goods”
- Kathleen van Brempt, S&D MEP and Vice President
De Kringwinkel is an initiative giving second chances to products and people. Receiving, sorting, restoring and selling second hand items and providing jobs to people with little chances on the regular labour market. There are 30 Kringwinkel centres and 135 thrift shops in Flanders. The initiative has created 5,400 jobs, 80 per cent of those within the framework of social employment. Revenues from the sales are used to employ people that struggle in the regular labour market to find a suited job. This way, they can have valid experiences again and have better chances on future jobs. On top of this social accomplishments, the circular dimension of De Kringwinkel should not be underestimated: the project collects more than 73,000 tons of items each year, and therefor mitigates about 70,000 tons of CO2-emissions.