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Biocasa – organic goodness in Fuengirola

To celebrate Biocasa’s second birthday, La Chispa called by to chat to owner Vanda Laktos about healthy and organic living in Fuengirola. As customers came and went during a typically bustling morning, Vanda told us about setting up the shop and her experiences over the past two years. “It was always my dream to open a shop like this. It is very much a proper organic supermarket, selling a wide range of products. I believe that healthy living starts with our diet, the food we … Continue reading

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Malaga alternative: Economy for the common good

As many predicted, Rio +20 did not mark a great leap forward towards an ambitious political, economic and environmental agenda that addresses the magnitude of the challenges the planet faces. In the end though, the success or failure of Rio +20 will be measured by our own ability, as actors and spectators, to demand, push, engage and anticipate the challenges ahead to gradually create a society that is more inclusive, prosperous and fair.

At this historic moment the ‘economy for the common good’ appears on the … Continue reading

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July 9 – 14: curso de Permacultura

Permacultura Caña Dulce, Coín; www.permaculturacanadulce.org

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Emotiva: Ethical Fashion on the Costa del Sol

Do you want to know where your clothes come from? This is now possible thanks to the new social project that has been launched by the foundation EMOTIVA called “SOCIAL – Abetterworld”. This not for profit organisation aims to transform the world of fashion, showing that it is possible to guarantee the origin of clothing that meets strict requirements of human and labour rights as well as respecting the environment.

The project has been launched with a limited edition, ethically produced T-shirt, which can be purchased … Continue reading

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Transition in Action: Local farmers’ market launches

After months of organisation, Coín in Transition’s hard work has finally come to fruition as the weekly local farmers’ market was launched one sunny Sunday in April to help support local producers and invigorate the local economy.

Starting off with over 30 stalls of fresh local produce and crafts, the regular Sunday market, next to La Trocha shopping centre, has already attracted a lot of positive attention from visitors who have enjoyed the chance to buy direct from the producers who all live within the … Continue reading

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Transition meeting in Zarzalejo

The transition town movement in Spain received a boost recently with the first national Transition Town meeting held in April on the outskirts of Madrid. The event brought together nearly 150 people from transition groups all over Spain as well as others working on green projects and sustainable development. Ana Blanco, from Coín en Transición, a local transition group, recounts some of her experiences of the weekend.

Starting things off on Friday was a round of introductions from each visiting transition group and each one … Continue reading

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Transition meeting in Zarzalejo

The first national transition meeting was held on the weekend of April 20 – 22 on the outskirts of Madrid. Here Ana Blanco recounts her experience of the weekend’s activities and some of the conclusions that came out of the gathering.

Friday 20
Each visiting group had made a poster representing their vision of transition in their area. The poster for Coín received lots of attention from the other people for the work on the local currency and the local farmers’ market. Other groups presenting included … Continue reading

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Alternative economies

Last night in Coín’s Casa de Cultura a lively meeting was held exploring alternatives to help regenerate the town’s economy. Viva Coin, who organised the meeting, invited 3 key speakers to offer their insights into possible solutions, including Jose Martin of Coin in Transition, Guillhermo Alvarez of Ciudano por Coin and Andres Pacheco of the Young business people’s association. Jose Martin put forward an arguement following the principles of the global transition movement that we need to develop more local resilience by focusing on our … Continue reading

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Arboretum 1st anniversary

Arboretum

Arboretum Marbella celebrated their first birthday in May 2012 and announced some extraordinary achievements. During this short time they have planted over 10,000 native shrubs, plants & trees and welcomed more than 3,000 students to learn about the environment, sustainability and organic land management. These are giant steps forward in creating the People’s Forest and becoming a leader in environmental education, but they have even more ambitious plans for the year ahead.

Arboretum Marbella’s First Year in Numbers
• Since 4th May 2011 a total of 156 … Continue reading

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