MED Blue Islands: collecting and categorising micro-plastics (16-18 June 2017)

As you know, Amics de la Terra Mallorca is working on the MED Blue Islands project, for which we're collecting, categorising and tracking plastics and micro-plastics on three beaches in Mallorca. Find out more about the MED Blue Islands project (Spanish). The MED Blue Islands project is co-ordinated in Mallorca by the Consell de Mallorca (Departament de Medi Ambient de la Direcció Insular de Residus). Amics de la Terra Mallorca is co-ordinating collecting and categorising the Read more...

Interview about ‘Alargascencia’ on Radio IB3

Listen to the interview about our 'Alargascencia' project on Radio IB3's programme 'Flors en el Desert'. Amigos de la Tierra's 'Alargascencia' is a Spain-wide directory of places where you can repair, rent or exchange objects and find or sell second-hand items. It makes it easier to search for small businesses, co-operatives and other sorts of initiatives close to home where you can find all these services. Let's make our things last longer!

Amics de la Terra Mallorca along with other entites request the banning of disposable plastic bags in the Balearic Islands on International Plastic Bag Free Day

For EU state members, 4 months remain to approve the transposition of the (EU) Directive 2015/720, the directive adopted by the European Parliament and Council on 29 April 2015 for the reduction of disposable plastic bags. However, deadlines approach, and the Spanish State has not yet taken any action, whereas some of our neighbors, such as Italy and France, have already put the directive into effect. Each year Europe uses more than 100 billion bags, and in the last ten years, the Read more...

On World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, composting is the perfect recipe

17 June 2016 * Composting slows the loss of soil quality and prevents drought Spain is one of the countries most affected by desertification and soil erosion. According to the cartographic analysis of the Ministery of the Environment’s National Action Program against Desertification, the Baeleric Islands have 50.21% of their territory in a low risk typology and 4.62% affected by high or very high risk. This year we celebrate World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, Read more...

Repair: deprogram obsolescence

Things don't last as long as they used to. Our grandparents have been saying it for ages and we'll continue to say it! Industry designs products with an expiry date. Why? To keep selling stuff and get a return on its investments. This is what we call planned obsolescence. A lot of time has passed (from the 1920s and 1930s onwards) since mass production made businesses realise that manufacturing products of lower quality was more in their interests than making those of better quality, Read more...

Zero Waste launches video competition on composting

Composting helps us to reduce our rubbish by about 40 per cent. Nearly all organic waste is compostable and it helps us to enrich our soil, which then produces more and better fruit and vegetables. It's a virtuous circle. Now, you can talk about your relationship with compost on video for the chance to win 500 Euros! The organisation Zero Waste has announced a video competition on stories related to composting. There are three categories: community composting experiences, most Read more...
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