Now that the hangover of our second anniversary is over, we are taking a look back and pondering about what we were two years ago when it all began, and what we are at the present time. We are still creating, working and improving on our idea to accomplish that we set out to do: a project of tourism that we believe in.
We are still part of the Solidarity Economy Net (Xarxa d’Economia Solidària, XES); and we are one of the 105 organizations that has its own Social Audit. This means that we will get the seal of approval of the XES, which will accredit us as an organization in the highest level of the Catalan social market. We have also increased our colaborative efforts with social economy organizations and the advancement of local and organic economy. Following this line, we are now in the Pam a Pam map (this is the social economy and responsible consumption in Catalonia); as well as in the Barcelona más Sostenible (More Substainable Barcelona is a map of social and envirnomental initiatives in the city); and also in the Slow Barcelona map (which is a sustainable consumption guide of the city).
In relation to the environmental aspect of our project, we are working towards achieving the certification of auto-conformity for the ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certificates for environmental management and quality at an international level; as well as the EMAS certification for environmental management in Europe.
We have received the silver GreenLeaders Award from Tripadvisor (The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program showcases eco-friendly establishments that are committed to green practices like recycling, and promoting local and organic food).
There are many things that have made us very happy this year, just to mention a few: first, people from the art world as well as professionals dedicated to social and environmental issues stayed with us. Secondly, the creation of the Lost&Found Market; the idea is to give clothes left by travelers a second life, all the money collected from our second hand store will be donated to a social organization. Thirdly, the inauguration of the Clara Nubiola’s “Dear and Dear Well-Come to Barcelona” exhibit, to promote local artists. And last but not least, we are now selling incredibly delicious vegan cupcakes, handmade by Onda Vegana.