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‘Jabonalia’ keeps on growing

With a new shop opening in Andalucía, Jabonalia brings their exclusive range of 100% natural products to the region. Much of what they sell is sold loose so that people can choose the amounts they want to buy and still have it wrapped in attractive packaging. The extensive range of products include artesan soaps, salts, bath bombs, body products and natural, organic cosmetics.

Andalucía is one of the regions experiencing the most growth in artesan soaps with more shops planned for the rest of 2013. … Continue reading

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Do something fantastic, use less plastic!!!

Plastic, and particularly plastic packaging, is one of the major toxic pollutants of our time, causing serious damage to the environment at every stage of its life cycle, from production right through to disposal. Sadly, most of the plastic ever created still exists, and much of it has ended up in our oceans, where it has devastating consequences for our marine and birdlife. What makes this even more tragic is that most of the plastic rubbish we generate as consumers is unnecessary, and the cleaning … Continue reading

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Arboretum – permaculture design course

On our journey to become an educational establishment aimed at sustainability Arboretum will be hosting the second Permaculture Design Course (PDC) from 18 to 30 October. The goal is to provide the largest number of people with the appropriate tools to meet the current socio-ecological challenges we are experiencing in these times.
The first PDC was held in 1972 and run by Bill Mollison (co-founder of the permaculture movement), and since that time many people of very different backgrounds and interests have graduated: farmers, ranchers, … Continue reading

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Water is life

We are 70% water and without water there is no life. It is fundamental for our health and the quality of the water we drink is vital to maintaining wellbeing. Historically, pure, oxygenated water could be drawn from springs and rivers but in modern times the water that arrives at our taps is contaminated with toxins. While chlorine makes it safe to drink, this also has its problems, and adds to the acidic stresses we already have on our bodies through the food we eat … Continue reading

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Festival Arte Sano – a healing and performing arts festival on the beach

Arte Sano 2011

The popular alternative festival Arte Sano will once again be held on July 27 & 28 on the Paseo Marítimo, San Pedro Alcántara

The festival will be made up of:
1. An active and dynamic marketplace with a range of stall holders showcasing and selling their products, projects and innovative businesses. In the festival we’ll be bringing together artesans, therapists, eco-producers, natural and organic products, natural health, complementary medicine, social collectives and the arts.
2. Workshop and educational activities, of many different kinds and all totally FREE … Continue reading

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Arboretum Marbella Celebrates its Second Anniversary

Arboretum Marbella is an environmental charity creating a people’s forest in Marbella. Its aims are to create a public park of native plants and trees which is a site for conservation, education and a beautiful green space for everyone to enjoy. All their actions are aimed at informing and inspiring Marbella’s residents and tourists to become more aware of the importance of nature and protecting it by becoming more sustainable and less environmentally damaging.

Since the start on the 4th May 2011, when the Town … Continue reading

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Technology for a more sustainable world

The solar de hydrator

Why a solar dehydrator?
Where we live there are many small farms with fruit trees, that while they are productive are not viable to sell the produce fresh and the trees are left without harvesting. Dehydrating the fruit allows these small farms to create a viable way of exploiting their crops. The dehydration process conserves the food while protecting them from the direct rays of the sun and keeping most of the nutrients. This was traditionally done with figs, grapes and apricots, … Continue reading

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Transition in the Costa del Sol

Cesar Alejandro Orioli, founder of the Arboretum Marbella, one of the coast’s great success stories of the past two years, has also helped launch a transition initiative in Marbella, Marbella INtransition. Although the group was only formed recently, they are already working hard on several projects and are now part of the team that is bringing the 2nd Annual Transition Gathering to Mijas in April.

Why did you launch a transition group in Marbella?
I really think that every community should have a transition initiative, to … Continue reading

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Cooking with the sun

Although the Government has no intention of promoting clean alternative energy, we do have the individual opportunity of saving energy by cooking with the sun. There are many different models and designs of solar ovens or cookers available on Interne: parabolic, cardboard box, aluminium reflector, and one that use car tyres! Parabolic reflectors cook very quickly at high temperatures but they are large and have to be orientated towards the sun frequently. The ‘sunstove’ is an excellent design as you only need to point it … Continue reading

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The health plan

Many readers will be familiar with our recent articles by Vanda Laktos, owner of health food shop Biocasa in Fuengirola, and passionate about healthy vegetarian food. A common complaint amongst her clients is that organic food and healthy fresh vegetarian food is more expensive and so she has set out to show that it is possible to have a varied, rich diet for no more than a ‘standard’one. Her daily blog at biocasafuengirola.blogspot.com shows her typical meals for two people for the month of March. … Continue reading

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