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The Perchök, social design made in Barcelona

We are launching our first product this month, the Perchök. It is a hanger for people who have a wall to install it on, made by people who experienced homelessness. Having a purpose and feeling useful is crucial to leaving life on […]

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Zero Waste, let’s embrace the challenge!

Zero Waste is a philosophy quite a few restaurants and other businesses have recently embraced in Barcelona. Its concept is easy: avoid any trash going to landfill or incinerators. For this to put into practise we have to make sure that all […]

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Visit Barcelona’s Fishing Port and Eat Slow Food

Last week we went to see a part of Barcelona that neither Mari, who was born and bred in Barcelona, nor Petz who has been living here since 2004, had seen properly: Barcelona’s fishing port, the Moll de Pescadors. This part of […]

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Did you know we offset all our Co2 emissions?

We are often asked whether being eco-friendly is more costly than not caring about the environment. Whether it makes sense economically to care. If the whole effort is worth it? To this we usually ask back: Shouldn’t the question be if it […]

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Let’s protect our water my friend

In Barcelona, we are surrounded by water: on one side we have the Mediterranean sea, then the Besòs river to the north and the Llobregat river to the south. It doesn’t rain often, which makes the city very enjoyable, but on the […]

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7 New Year’s Resolutions for Visitors (and Locals) in Barcelona

After we reflected back on 2017 and shared out intentions for 2018, we also wanted to set some new year’s resolutions for both visitors and locals in Barcelona, to keep up the reasons to visit our city, make sure good business keeps […]

Happy World Tourism Day to you!

Photo by Damir Bosnjak on Unsplash Since 1980, the UN has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27, in order to raise awareness on the role of tourism and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide. Some 37 years later, […]

How to be a responsible tourist in Barcelona

“Sustainability in tourism isn’t just about re-using that hotel towel a second day. It’s thinking deeply about how visitors get in and out of a destination while doing the least harm“, says Jason Clampet, co-founder of Skift who published a very interesting […]

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Eco-renovation, Construmat and the Drift House!

The 20th edition of Construmat takes place next week in Barcelona. It’s great to see that there are 2 entire days dedicated to Social Housing (May 23rd, see you there!) and the Circular Economy (May 26th). Moreover, Construmat aims for Zero Waste […]

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Long live our sofa thanks to the upholsterer

This is Rocio, the wonderful upholsterer and furniture restorer from across the street from us in El Born. Thanks to her, the sofa in Casa A is nice and soft again. Apologies to all our guests who sat a little hard the […]

Klein, Shiva, Eidenbenz and Calle – some of our favourite women

Happy International Women’s Day! Here are some women we truly admire!   Mari: Elizabeth Eidenbenz was a teacher, nurse and founder of the Mothers of Elne (also known as Maternitat d’Elna in Catalan). Between 1939 and 1944, she saved some 600 children who were […]

New eco-design catalogue and we are in it

We are happy to be featured in the Catàleg Ecodisseny de Catalunya (Eco-design of Catalonia Catalogue). Check out the online version to find locally made eco-design. We are happy to be featured in the Catàleg Ecodisseny de Catalunya (Eco-design of Catalonia Catalogue). […]

Jordi Évole from Salvados interviews Naomi Klein.

Jordi Évole from Salvados interviewed Naomi Klein. Brilliant, please watch this! Naomi Klein: “España es un ejemplo claro de cómo la lógica de la austeridad es un ataque a la gente y al planeta”“Con el impuesto al sol están penalizando a los […]

Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard

Let My People Go Surfing by the founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, is a great inspiration for our business. We highly recommend reading this if you are not into business as usual!  To get started: 10 Most Profound Passages From ‘Let My People […]

Demain, a film about positive change

Here is another movie we highly recommend! Unlike many doomsday films, Demain shows real solutions regarding climate change, agriculture, education, energy, democracy and many other subjects our society needs to tackle.