How does Greenheart Ibiza promote environmentally sustainable principles and practices?
Greenheart Ibiza is a partner of Greenheart International and is a living project in Ibiza, Spain that contributes to understanding and implementing sustainable, real world practices. While the ecology movement on Ibiza was initially slow to take off, it began gaining popularity in the 1980s when local residents realized the rapid tourism boom and uncontrolled building were having a serious negative effect on the environment. Since then, Greenheart Ibiza continues to grow and offer different projects related to environmental education on the island. There are several Greenheart Ibiza projects that serve as examples of more conscious ways of living:
Casita Verde is an experiential center dedicated to the study and application of alternative living techniques. Located in a beautiful valley near the village of San José in Ibiza, Casita Verde showcases the best practices for sustainable living and use of alternative energies. The center is operated by volunteers and annually welcomes between 3,000 and 5,000 visitors interested in learning more about alternative lifestyle techniques. Every Sunday, Casita Verde opens its doors to the public from 2:00 – 7:00pm providing visitors a healthy, vegetarian meal followed by a full tour of the installations with lots of information on ecological living. Also, every Thursday evening, Casita Verde offers visitors the opportunity to join in a fund raising event, where people are encouraged to discuss and exchange ideas relating to specific topics, which are advertised each week on our facebook page www.facebook.com/CasitaVerdeIbiza.
The ethos of the project is in the name: to keep the beautiful island of Ibiza clean for everyone to enjoy. With over 160,000 residents and more than 3 million tourist visitors each year, the Ibiza Limpia campaign helps keep the island in good condition by sending the message that cleaning up and recycling waste can be easy and that everyone, even tourists and businesses, have a shared responsibility to participate. Developed by volunteers and administered by Casita Verde, Ibiza Limpia (now a formal NGO), frequently organizes cleaning events to keep Ibiza’s beaches, natural spaces and roads free from garbage. The new NGO also promotes and participates in educational events, designed to raise awareness about the huge problems of garbage on our fragile planet, working with a growing number of other NGO’s and entities from both Ibiza and all over the world.
For information about Ibiza Limpia weekly actions and meetings, please see www.facebook.com/CasitaVerdeIbiza.
Greenheart Guide to Ibiza
First published as a bi-language paper booklet in 2004, this useful and popular on-line guide is a complete listing of all eco friendly businesses, services and NGO’s.
Local products Market
In January 2013, Greenheart Ibiza, together with the Cooperativa Integral d’Eivissa, launched a project to make A local products market, next to the bar Can Tixedó, in the tiny village of Forada, more of less in the centre of the island. This popular little market has since grown to be permanent feature each Saturday of the year, between 10m and 4pm.
Some of the products you can find at the market include:
- Crafts and tools made from local and recycled materials.
- Dried fruits and preserves, including, wines and oils, plus local apiculture products and local agricultural products, such as fruit and vegetables, plants, flowers and seeds.
- Biomass products, charcoal, firewood and local compost.
- Perfumes and cosmetics including natural soaps, tonics and traditional natural remedies from different countries, all made on the island.
- Art and culture – including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography and graphic art, recycled clothing and furniture, performance and poetry, dance and traditional music from many countries, plus simple workshops and small exhibitions.
- Information tables from local cultural groups, environmental and humanitarian organizations and NGO’s.
Throughout history, markets have always been a place for the community to meet up, connect and exchange. In the case of Forada, this exchange is not only commercial, but also cultural and human. Those who aim for a different, spiritual and more conscious lifestyle will find a meeting point of kindred spirits here every Saturday. The opportunity exists at a place like Forada, to slowly build the foundation for a community that is governed by alternative principles that are more just, fair and natural than those that presently dominate our society. Supporting a local, sustainable rural economy, respecting nature and encouraging cooperation amongst different people are some of the driving principles behind the market.
The ‘Ibiza Fénix’ project, is being designed to create a very different kind of Ibiza experience option during the off-peak season and help to re-establish a flourishing rural economy. This non-competitive, educational and environmentally friendly offer to pro-active visitors and island residents, initially during the period between October and May, could be a promising alternative to our vulnerable and obviously unsustainable tourism offer of today. It will also enable the whole island to be directly involved in a more sustainable and more interactive economic model, which also includes those who live in isolated areas, or who may have limited resources to improve their own sustainable initiatives.
This kind of active volunteer offer, when presented with great care and consideration for the local population, should result in a natural renovation of the countryside and give an economical life-line to the future of the people involved in its development. It will also provide an excellent opportunity for our visitors to see and experience the real magic of the island we have all come to love and enjoy, while causing very little disturbance to anyone or any thing.
For more information, see http://greenheartibiza.org/ibiza-fenix.
Greenheart Ibiza also makes a substantial contribution to the evolution of local Ibiza initiatives designed to create positive change and environmental security, both on the island and beyond.