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The culinary garden: Stevia

Hierba dulce is the literal translation of the term Guarani ka’a he’e, made up from the words ka’a or caa (herb) and he’e or je (sweet), due to the sweet taste of its leaves. Caajé, green sugar or stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) is a small perennial plant about 80 -100cm tall, native to the region of Monte Grosso (Paraguay / Brazil), where it grows in a tropical climate. In our region stevia loses its leaves during the winter and sprouts again in spring. In late summer, … Continue reading

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So green so clean

Like many of the products we use daily around the house, we don’t often think about their impact on the environment but cleaning products are some of the most toxic and damaging that we use these days. Poured away down the sinks and drains of every home, hotel, restaurant and office, they are causing enormous damage to delicate natural ecosystems – just look at the warning symbols on any cleaning product. But what if you could still clean just as effectively and cause no harm … Continue reading

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Get your house in order

Feng Shui Marbella
Teri Garcia has been working for many years to dispel some of the myths of Feng Shui, and going beyond the ‘coffee table book’ view that many people have of this ancient Chinese science. Through the Imperial School of Feng Shui she has been offering training to students who take the discipline seriously, and has now opened Feng Shui Marbella to offer training up to practitioner and then through post graduate training to master level. The courses are very rigorous and follow the … Continue reading

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Another spark of light

The Spark was created by John Dawson in 1992, a big idea that sprung from personal tragedy, and took root in the West Country. After many years as a labour of love the Spark has evolved into the UK’s biggest, free, ethical quarterly magazine. BBC Bristol described the Spark as “the best of the alternative West”, a compliment that has been proudly stuck on the cover ever since. From a small office, with a tiny core team and a slew of writers orbiting remotely, the … Continue reading

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Alternative Malaga – Málaga Comun

After the concept of ‘descrecimiento’ (downturn in growth) burst onto the political and social scene in 2002, many of the experts at a UNESCO organized conference in Paris called ‘undo development, remake the world’, agreed that unlimited growth was neither desirable nor in fact possible,

Nowadays activists no longer look to promote alternative development, but rather focus on offering alternatives TO development. To achieve this it is often necessary to take a look behind us in history and retrieve old ideas, or develop new ones, … Continue reading

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Natura Málaga: 4th healthy living and sustainable development fair

Natura Málaga, Andalusia’s largest multidisciplinary trade fair for the eco-bio-health sector will host the fourth edition from 25 to 27 May 2012 at the Palacio de Congresos y Ferias (Málaga’s trade and conference centre). Natura Malaga is a space dedicated to providing a commercial opportunity for a multitude of products and services related to healthy living and sustainability, as well as a space for organic producers where visitors will be able to buy direct from the farm in the ‘Natural Market’, exclusively organic.

This year, the … Continue reading

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Novateam: Hot Success in an economically cold climate

Hot air into your house directly from the outside wall

Lars Merland, from Denmark, launched a new business which should make many people very happy because the Novateam revolutionary solar panels rid properties of damp and save a fortune on electricity bills. Lars started the business because he was fed up with the damp problem in his own house, how it was affecting his health, damaging the home and costing money. Realising that these are common problems because houses here aren’t built to withstand the damp, … Continue reading

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Change your home change your life

Feng Shui is the study of the connection that exists between humans and the energies around us, with three basic principles: everything is alive, everything is connected and everything changes. By balancing the three energies (heaven, earth and man) we can affect these things and attract prosperity, health and wellbeing. The natural energy flows were well known to ancient civilisations and they used them to benefit their lives. These skills were passed on secretly from master to disciple, reserved for the powerful and their advisors … Continue reading

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Alternative Malaga: Eco-Union

We waved farewell to 2011 with precious little ambition from UN Summit on Climate Change in Durban. Although it was decided to extend the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012 and to set a roadmap for reducing greenhouse gases, the minimal agreements shed little light on the struggle against this global phenomenon that will affect everyone. Last year, and probably this one, will also pass down in the annals of history as the year of public outrage against the depersonalization and globalisation of our systems. Informed citizens … Continue reading

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