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The story of solutions

Once again the team behind the Story of Stuff, a ground breaking short film about our consumer culture, has launched an excellent new film looking at how we need to change our thinking about creating the solutions we want to see to move towards a more sustainable, equitable and natural way of living.

The Story of Solutions explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal.

In the current ‘Game of More’, we’re told … 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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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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Solar energy – Finding the net balance

The advantages of using solar energy in a sunny region like Andalucía, the place with the most hours of sunshine in Eurpoe, are indisputable. Some of the renewable energy installations that have the highest yield are thermal hot water, wind and photovoltaic. This article focuses on the latter, adding that taking advantage of this natural, indigenous resource is not just a luxury, it would be an energy-dependent recklessness to ignore it, as a worryingly high percentage (80%) of external energy use also contributes alarmingly to … Continue reading

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The solar dehydrator – Preserving fruit sustainably

The solar dehydrator project was born in 2010 as part of the renewable energy work group created by community project Coín in Transition. The group was aware that there is a large amount of mature fruit that was not being collected in the fields and fincas of the rural area round Coín. This was a great waste not only because we are losing food that is at its peak of nutritional value but also a lost economic opportunity to use one of our local resources. … Continue reading

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Festival Arte Sano: back to the beach

Following the success of previous editions of Arte Sano the organisers are now planning another festival on San Pedro’s beautiful Paseo Maritimo. “We were last here in 2009 and had a great weekend full of music and activities,” explained Monica Bereuther, co-organiser of the event. “This year we are planning to bring the colourful world of alternative Andalucía to life for another fun weekend for all the family.” The weekend will include a diverse mix of classes, workshops and talks on subjects related to personal … 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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The infra red revolution

Last year we reported on the latest developments in infra red technology bringing clean dry heat into our houses. Redwell, one of the world’s pioneers in infra red heating systems, has had an office based down here in southern Spain for the past six years, and have recently launched new product ranges that are more efficient and more economical. Their new white frameless panels offer considerable savings so that more people can enjoy the benefits of infra red heating.
Humans have the capacity to absorb infrared … Continue reading

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July 28 & 29: Arte Sano IV: A healing arts festival on the beach

Arte Sano 2011

Following the success of previous editions of Arte Sano the organisers are now planning another festival on San Pedro’s beautiful Paseo Maritimo. “We were last here in 2009 and had a great weekend full of music and activities,” explained Monica Bereuther, co-organiser of the event. “This year we are planning to bring the colourful world of alternative Andalucía to life for another fun weekend for all the family.” The weekend will include a diverse mix of classes, workshops and talks on subjects related to personal … Continue reading

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La Chispa web relaunch

La Chispa mandala

This month sees the launch of the new la Chispa web site, overhauled recently to bring us up to date, easier to access and more interactive. Building on the success of previous versions of lachispa.net, the new site retains its high quality content and comprehensive online resource directory, southern Spain’s alternative Yellow Pages, as well as exhaustive events guide to classes, courses, concerts and festivals.

The resource directory now has over 2,000 entries – www.lachispa.net/resourcedirectory, so whatever you are looking for – yoga teachers, acupuncturists, … Continue reading

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