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Thursday September 1, 2011

Barcelona Eco-Friendly Online Community Helps Others Go Green and Provides “How To…” Help to Do I

Barcelona Eco-Friendly Online Community Helps Others Go Green and Provides “How To…” Help to Do I

Photo: Nicolás Boullosa, co-founder og *faircompanies website

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Thanks to Barcelona-based website *faircompanies (faircompanies.com) a number of people are gaining information on how to live in a socially responsible way in regards to the environment.

The website says it provides a “community and access to tools on sustainable culture.” The project is a result of Nicolás Boullosa, the creator and developer of Faircompanies Barcelona, SL, and Kirsten Dirksen, the co-founder of *faircompanies and director of its English version and multimedia content.

“You can improve your life, or your work, or even your wealth without endangering the planet, without making your carbon footprint bigger. You don’t want to be a carbon Big Foot,” Boullosa says.

A notable project shared at *faircompanies is from 16-year-old Austin Hay, of Sonoma County, California. Still in high school, Austin has begun building a house for himself.

ImageYes, a house, complete with hardwood floors.

Austin expects total construction costs will be around $12,000 due to buying a lot of his materials resale. When he’s done, he’ll be one of the latest members of the Small House Movement, and will own a home without ever having to pay a mortgage.

The little house, which currently sits on a trailer, is 130 square feet and has room for a full size lofted bed. He says he plans to take it with him when he goes off to college, providing he can find a

Austin is the perfect example of how “going green” is not just a fad for 20-somethings in the U.S. It spans continents, oceans, and demographics, and is about more than just being kind to Mother Earth.


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