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Park(ing) Day 2014; less cars more green spaces!

We participated in this year’s Park(ing) Day. Together with our neighbours, we occupied the parking slot in front of the Arc de Triomf! Everyone brought plants in the morning to fill the space, and picked them up again in the evening. Together […]

Greening our bathrooms without sacrificing the experience of our guests

It seems there is more to tackle than saving water when you want to go green in the bathroom. A while back, I wrote about why reclaimed sinks were the most eco-friendly option for wash basins at yök Casa + Cultura. © Carlos Barruz for yök Regarding mirrors, […]

Tourism and the sharing economy in Barcelona

When Vacationing Doesn’t Mean Having to Act Like a Tourist. An interesting article about tourism and the sharing economy in Barcelona by Rosie Spinks for Good Magazine.  

What we do at yök to have our guests use less electricity and still have a good time

When you design an apartment for holiday letting, everything has to be easy and self-explanatory. At yök Casa + Cultura, we want our guests to be able to reduce the ecological footprint of their stay without sacrificing the experience. Investing a bit into […]

A greener way to travel: the environmental impacts of home sharing

Check it out: A greener way to travel: the environmental impacts of home sharing by Airbnb. In Europe alone, Airbnb guests use 78 percent less energy than hotel guests – that’s enough energy to power 68,000 homes for one year. With an […]

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A towel less: How psychologists harness sociability to cut waste

A towel less: How psychologists harness sociability to cut waste Hotel guests can be gently persuaded to reduce the number of towels they use each day, psychology researchers have found. With fewer towels to wash, this reduces the waste of water, energy […]

The carbon footprint of a rose

Happy Sant Jordi! Inèdit calculated the C02 footprint of a rose! Only 15% of the around 6 million roses sold on Sant Jordi in Barcelona each year have been grown locally in Catalonia. The rest come from Colombia, Ecuador and the Netherlands. […]

Happy Earth Day 2014!

Since 1970, the 22nd of April is Earth Day! 2014 is the year of Green Cities; let’s celebrate and act!! Image above: Pogo. More info: Earth Day / Wikipedia, Día de la Tierra Barcelona.  

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Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the eco-friendliest of them washbasins?

I would like to share with you our reasoning behind choosing the sinks for our bathrooms at yök Casa + Cultura. The ninth point of our manifesto explains our criteria quite well: 9. Apply good design (useful, beautiful, fun, detailed, eco-friendly, functional, affordable, long-lasting, honest, […]

Hostal Grau, LEED certified in Barcelona

We like Hostal Grau, the first hotel in Barcelona to obtain LEED certification! Right next to Bar Centric Canalla in the Raval.  

Energy efficient homes we want

With the help of Xavier Mor from Renòwatt energy solutions, we were able to decide on the best systems for heating water and heating and cooling the space, while maintaing a small CO2 footprint. More information soon!  

We signed a commitment to sustainability!

Today we signed Agenda 21’s Citizen Commitment to Sustainability 2002-2012!  

Check-out our first office space!

Hello from our new work space at APOCAPOC co-working! Thanks to Val, Fabien and Sébastien for letting us work from such a gorgeous eco-designed space while we renovate ours.

Join Civiclub in Barcelona!

From today, Barcelona’s citizens can get rewarded for doing good. Join Civiclub and earn points (or Civis) every time you recycle, donate blood or go to the gym for example!

Eco-Certification isn’t the ‘Magic Bullet’ for Hotel Revenue

Do eco-friendly strategies help hotels earn more money? Is the investment in an eco-certification worth the effort when it comes to profits? Report: Eco-Certification isn’t the ‘Magic Bullet’ for Hotel Revenue We agree with the article that “Sustainability measures, in other words, […]