Millor Que Nou – Spain

Millor Que Nou offers different options to make your appliances’ life longer and generate less rubbish.

LOOK FOR repair workshops, second hand and exchange shops and markets

LEARN to fix your objects with our help: workshop, tools, teachers and training

SWAP what you do not want anymore for what you need with a point system.

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Cooperativa Integral Catalana – Spain

An Integral Cooperative is a tool to create a grassroots counterpower departing  from self-management, self-organization and direct democracy, and one that would help overcome the actual state of dependency on the structures of the system, towards a scenario of liberty full awareness, free of authority, and in which everyone could flourish under equal conditions and opportunities.

It is a constructive proposal for disobedience and widespread self-managment to rebuild our society in a bottom-up maner (in every field and in an integral way) and recover the affective human relationships of proximity based on trust.
  • Cooperative, as a project practicing the economical and political self-management with the equal participation of all its members. Also, because it takes the same legal form
  • Integral, to bring together all the basic elements of an economy such as production, consumption, funding and a local currency. And at the same time, because it wants to integrate all the activity sectors necessary to survive: food, housing, health, education, energy, transport…
  • Catalan because it is organized and works mainly in the territorial scope of  Catalonia.


Social Currency


Catalan Supply Center

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The Eden Project – UK

Super insulation

We pioneered the use of a really good insulating material to keep our plants warm in the Biomes. The hexagonal cushions on the steel structure trap air between two layers of ETFE (short for ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) which act as a thermal blanket.

To keep our visitors and staff warm, we’ve insulated our buildings with recycled newspaper. We also created a green roof on top of one our staff buildings behind the scenes, which helps keep it warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Birds and insects like it too.

Energy generation

We have prioritised lowering our energy consumption rather than simply installing renewable energy technology for the sake of it. However, we did include photovoltaic panels on the Core roof to be able to demonstrate to our visitors just how powerful these natural sources of energy are.

Learn how we’re tackling energy use at Eden.

Water harvesting

As well as reducing our water use in the first place, by installing low-flush toilets, and taps which turn themselves off, we harvest our own water to flush the loos and water the plants.

Read more about our approach to water.

Natural light

Designing buildings that let in lots of natural light can mean electricity savings (if the windows are well insulated) as well as happier, more alert people.

Sustainably sourced materials

There’s a lot to think about when choosing construction materials – how they’re made, how far they have to travel, how long they’ll last. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution; instead, at Eden, we try to opt for the best material in each case, weighing up different considerations, including:

Recycled materials

You can find some innovative examples of recycled building materials in the Core: the green tiles in the floor were originally Heineken bottles, the entrance mats are made from recycled truck tyres, and the cafe floor is made of reclaimed wood.

Responsible manufacturers

We talk to our suppliers about how they’ve manufactured the materials we buy – and in some cases have even asked them to consider doing things differently for us.

For example, the metal roof of the Core comes from a copper mine with one of the highest environmental and social standards in the world, the Bingham Canyon, owned by US-based Kennecott Utah Copper Company. We worked closely with our partners at international minerals company Rio Tinto to source this specially.

Low-waste manufacturing

When we can, we go for products whose manufacturing doesn’t create unnecessary waste. The beautifully curved beams you can see in the ceiling of the Core were constructed using Glulam (glue-laminated layers of timber), a strong material whose offcuts are used as a fuel.

Fewer materials

Our buildings were designed to need as few construction products as possible. For example, the Biomes’ hexagons copy nature’s honeycombs: maximum strength using minimum materials.

Lower-carbon products

Construction materials can result in a lot of carbon emissions, either through an energy-intensive manufacturing process or because they have to be transported a long way to the point of use. Furthermore products sometimes aren’t durable, meaning they’ll need to be replaced in the near future. Find out how this affected our decisions when building the Core.



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The green school – Bali

Living a sustainable lifestyle is a process of learning by doing and remembering what we once knew and have forgotten over many generations. Many things need to change to lead a life that is more integrated with the natural systems that surround us. The most important change that can lead to living an authentically sustainable life is a change in our mindset and habit patterns. At Green School we study, work, live, and play with an awareness of the impact of our thinking and decisions.

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