Promoting Catalan: the 11 best TikTokers

We present a collection of the 11 best TikTok profiles made in Catalan. These young people have gained popularity on the trending social network by making videos in Catalan.

 

When we hear the word TikTok, the trending app born in China in September 2016 that allows us to make short music videos of up to 1 minute, many think that this platform is only dedicated to dancing, fashion, makeup, and fun. However, it brings us Catalans something more. Its use, in the hands of some young people, young influencers, has become a great tool for spreading and promoting Catalan. Today we want to let you know what we can consider the top eleven TikTokers which promote Catalan. Let’s get started!

  1. ferranxidk: Ferran, who lives between Girona and Barcelona, is a guy who makes funny videos, has more than 70,000 followers and accumulates more than 9 million likes on TikTok.
  2. long_lixue: This other well-known Catalan YouTuber, who lives in Girona and has Chinese nationality, also succeeds at TikTok. Well known for collaborating on iCat, he is also famous for fighting racism with millions of likes to his TikTok profile. 
  3. sanyesmag: This young man from La Garrotxa is famous for his magic videos. He has more than 27,000 followers and half a million likes on TikTok. He is a strong promoter of Catalan through this social network.
  4. walter_capdevila: with nearly 200,000 followers and 5 million likes on the net, we could proclaim this Barcelonan the king of absurd humour. His TikTok profile is a guarantee of laughter.
  5. misstagless: here we have Sílvia, with 10,000 followers and more than 150,000 likes on TikTok. This Valencian fights for the use and defence of Valencian, playing with home-made humour and a lot of personality. 
  6. filologa_de_guardia: this student of Catalan Philology is called Aida. Her TikTok profile has more than 5,000 followers and almost 50,000 likes. These will be your new Catalan online lessons!
  7. apitxat: here we have Xavier, with almost 50,000 followers and a million likes. He is another activist for the Valencian lands. You’ll have plenty of jokes and humour in Valencian.
  8. Can Putades: these girls are from La Garrotxa and live in Barcelona. They have 40,000 followers and almost 1 million likes. Their videos raise unknown words in Catalan from the Garrotxa region, among other funny videos of jokes from their day to day, without ceasing to have Catalan as the basis of their TikTok profile.
  9. Aroagr8: here we have Aroa and Paula, with 15,000 followers and over 130,000 likes. Famous from confinement, these two girls play with words according to their region, one in Girona and the other in Amposta. Listening to Catalan had never been so curious.
  10. Bertaarocach: if you prefer a Catalan profile that sticks for its energy and its typical teenager performances that you will want to see time and time again, here is Berta. A profile with more than 100,000 followers and 4 million likes
  11. Julen_gs: as we are in the summer, and with the sun we feel like dancing, we say goodbye with Julen’s profile. He makes some superb versions of well-known songs, playing with Txarango’s music, or doing a mix of Plats Bruts with music from the Friends show. He has about 10,000 followers and almost 90,000 likes on TikTok.

The previous TikTok profiles have thousands of followers on the trending social network, and best of all, they have gained popularity by showing themselves to the world in Catalan.

 

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In the real estate market, and specifically in the rental market, we can find very different situations that can lead to abuses and breaches of current regulations at all times. But does the tenant suffer all the abuse? Or can the owner also feel helpless?

 

Last September, the new Rental Price Containment Act came into force (11/2020 Law of September 18), with the aim of curbing the huge rise in prices that was being experienced, especially in Barcelona and the metropolitan area. This lowers and freezes the price of new rentals in areas with high demand for housing. An average reduction of 4.12% has been achieved.

With these measures, it seems that politicians are responding to the demands of platforms and unions, in favour of affordable or, at least, regulated housing. A Quick Guide has even been published to announce the scope of the new regulations.

What are the abuses?

Clearly, it was unsustainable to keep the upward pattern in rental prices, as has been happening in recent years. Tenants have basic rights that are sometimes violated, and they should report them if they find themselves in any of the following situations of abuse:

  • Upon signing the rental agreement, the owner must deliver the certificate of occupancy and the energy certificate. Obtaining these documents comes at a cost, so some owners may try to rent the home without having them, even though they are mandatory. For the rental of commercial premises, only the energy certificate is required. 
  • Make a peaceful use of the home, without the owner being able to disturb it. Many times the so-called real estate bullying (harassment) occurs, that is, making the tenant’s life miserable and forcing them to leave, thus being able to speculate with that home. These actions are usually carried out by large holders, such as mutual funds.
  • The owner must take care of the necessary repairs and maintenance. The tenant can make these repairs if they are urgent, with prior notice, and they can be deducted from the price, but sometimes these repairs are not considered necessary, and there is no refund of the cost.
  • They can terminate the contract and have the deposit back, but there are owners who do not want to return it, and this money could not have been deposited in INCASÒL as required. This may mean that the rental has not been registered and, as a result, you may have more difficulty having the deposit back.

However, the right to the return of the deposit is lost if the home is left damaged, which can lead to a repair cost.

 

Protection of owners

However, you may find that the owner is not to blame for a conflicting relationship with the tenant. For example, it may happen that the home has not been legally rented, but someone has decided to move in without permission; that there are defaults on the agreed rent; or even that there is a misbehaviour of the tenant.

The new law does not resolve any of these situations in which an owner may be. However, as citizens, they also have the right to be given tools to resolve them. The only forecast that is made is for small tenants who may be in a vulnerable situation, who are allowed a 5% increase in rent, above the established maximums.

Owners can easily find themselves helpless as they are considered to be the strongest side in the deal. But the truth is that they can see how a tenant stops paying or damages their home, and that the solution to the problem always has to end up in court, which means a high cost of time and money. 

The point is that this problem affects investment funds and small holders alike. With the new regulations, it seems that this situation is beginning to reverse, as they take into account the diversity of owners that exist, and make the distribution of responsibilities in this madness that is the real estate market a little more equitable.

 

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Is the pension system sustainable? How would social security have to change to cope with an ageing population? Can we trust the state to continue paying pensions? And, is it a good idea to depend on the decisions of the incumbent government? Professor of Political Economy Jesús Huerta de Soto answers these questions in the documentary series ‘Ni justicia ni social’ (Neither justice nor social justice).

 

At 11Onze our aim is to bring economic knowledge closer to the population so that everyone is aware of what is happening and can think about what needs to be done. This Tuesday, we recommend a production that Value School has recently released. It is the documentary series ‘Ni justicia ni social‘, directed by Jesús Huerta de Soto, Professor of Political Economy at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid.

 

Dependence on the state

The public pension system was created by Otto von Bismarck, the father of modern Germany and its first chancellor. In 1889, he founded the first pension system in history. And he did it for political reasons. At the time, he needed to stop the advance of socialism and, with this measure, he won the favour of the workers. Bismarck then had a very clear long-term goal: to make citizens dependent on the state.

This political measure was successful and spread throughout the world. In 1935, US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (the father of the New Deal) created modern Social Security. He advocated a pay-as-you-go pension system, not a funded system. What is the difference? The funded system means that each worker sets aside a nominal portion of his or her salary and gets it back when he or she retires. Like a public pension plan: you generate your own pension.

The pay-as-you-go system, on the other hand, relies on current workers to pay for current pensions. In other words, the state has an inflow and an outflow of money. In 1935, this was not a problem because in the United States there were 52 workers for every pensioner. Today, however, the European and American average is two workers for every pensioner. And, therefore, the system is collapsing. Even more so if we take into account that pensions are higher than workers’ salaries. This means that maintaining the current pension system equals destroying savings and, therefore, the economic capacity of workers.

However, the pay-as-you-go pension system has the issue that it creates a dependency on the part of workers when they retire. The notion of saving disappears, because they do not have the capacity to save and because, in addition, they rely on the state to pay them a pension. Today, 70% of Spanish retirees depend on their pension. So what needs to be done?

 

Recovering the model of the Second Republic

In Spain, before the coup d’état that led to the Civil War and the dictatorship, there was already what was known as the “Régimen de capitalización en el retiro obrero”. That is a system of nominal capitalisation for workers. Franco opted for the pay-as-you-go system and did so, obviously, by spending the money accumulated by the capitalisation system. This made him very popular, but he had just mortgaged the future of pensions.

In this chapter of ‘Ni justicia ni social’, Huerta de Soto advocates a return to the funded pension system. And he finds a way to prevent the change from one system to the other from having a direct impact on public debt. An economic sleight of hand that depends exclusively on changing the financial system. Again, private banking is in the middle of the problem, but with courageous politicians, it could also be halfway to the solution.

 

Chapter 1 of “Neither social nor justice”. Pensions.

 

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Can students find an affordable flat that is suitable for their needs without paying a fortune or ending up sharing a room with half of Barcelona? 11Onze will try to give you some tips and tricks on the difficulties of becoming independent and entering adulthood.

 

The stress of university entrance exams is over, and after a well-deserved break, students enter a new stage: university begins, a phase of life in which they will learn about the sector in which they want to specialise and where existential doubts, far from fading, are often multiplied.

At this age and after so many years of effort, we often want to take advantage of this feeling of freedom and live new experiences, meet different friendships and, ultimately, fully enter adulthood, becoming independent of our parents: the search of the ideal flat begins. The latter, however, can be much more difficult than it seems.

 

The budget: a scarce commodity

To start with our research, the first thing we need to be clear about is the budget: we need to define what is the maximum amount of money we can afford to spend each month. This is of paramount importance, given that many students at these ages either do not have a regular income, or they have one but it is very meagre.

Unfortunately, however, the rent will not be the only aspect to consider. We must also keep in mind the distance between the flat and the university: the flat with the cheapest rent in Catalonia will be of no use to us if we have to waste four hours a day to go to class! Surely the key is to find a middle ground between being close enough to the university but not in the city centre, with enough transportation available, such as subway or train stations.

 

The more, the merrier?

Aside from distance, there is another factor that can increase or decrease our monthly spending: the number of roommates. Obviously, the more roommates we have, the less money per person we will pay, but we will have to take into account how many people in the same house we can afford, as too many people sharing a few square meters can become burdensome and decrease our quality of life. And in the same way, being on our own in a huge flat can make us feel alone.

 

Time is gold: start the search as soon as possible

Once we have decided the budget we can spend on rent, it’s time to start the search! Of course, we can take into account a few tips to make this search much more efficient.

First, the calendar must always be kept in mind: much of the demand for rental flats for university students is, of course, concentrated before the start of university. It is therefore very important to start the search before this period: this way you will have a lot more offer and you will be able to choose what is best for you. If, on the other hand, we start looking for a flat in October, we will most likely be left with flats that no one has wanted, either because of an excessive price or bad characteristics.

 

Agency or contacts: what is more efficient?

Acquaintances are a great way to start looking, instead of real estate agencies or websites. You’d be surprised how many people prefer to rent to acquaintances and decide not to post their ad on the internet. This way, aside from avoiding the entire search process, we might get a better room for the same price, thanks to the trust they have in us.

Related to this, universities often have a housing stock market where many homeowners publish their offers. Thus, many students can benefit if they find an offer that suits their needs, using the campus or university website.

If you do not find anything with any of these methods, it is time to use the most traditional search tools: real estate agencies or websites, many of which have their own app. Here we have many options, but some of the best known are:

 

Once we have chosen a flat, we must sign the agreement and pay the stipulated deposit. Remember to read the contract carefully in order to check that there are no errata or abusive conditions. Also, check the state of the flat and verify that it is in the same condition as detailed in the contract (for example, if the agreement says the walls are well painted, check that it is so). It would not hurt to take some pictures of the general condition of the place on the first day.

It is therefore necessary to think it through and not throw caution to the wind at the first opportunity: we have all heard or been involved in true horror stories between roommates, or student flats that look like more a landfill than a home in proper condition. It is therefore in our hands to avoid ending up being the protagonists of one of these stories.

Good luck with the search!

 

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Foodcoop has become the first cooperative and participatory supermarket in Barcelona. We spoke to one of the project’s partners, Mohammed Lo Youssofi, to find out how we can fill our shopping baskets in a conscious and responsible way.

 

Self-managed consumption has created a new range of opportunities to bring us ever closer to a sustainable and conscious form of consumption. In Catalonia, there are several experiences of self-managed consumption in cities such as Manresa, Mataró and Olot, and Foodcoop brought this model to the city of Barcelona, thus becoming a pioneering venture that already has more than 500 members.

The supermarket works under a cooperative structure. The assembly is the main sovereign body, from which the members take strategic decisions. In addition, several working circles have also been created to align the tasks they have to carry out in different areas: finance, purchasing, work and operations, communication, etc. A transversal model where everyone can have their say and, at the same time, participate in the daily tasks that make up the supermarket.

Filling the basket conscientiously

Foodcoop offers a wide range of products that make it possible to fill the shopping basket according to the criteria and principles that drive the project. As Mohammed Lo Youssofi explains, among these criteria, some stand out, such as, for example, “opting for products of proximity, organic, fair trade products, intercultural and inclusion issues, seasonal products or products that raise the value of sustainability or zero waste”.

The methodology used by projects such as Foodcoop ensures that an everyday activity such as shopping at the supermarket has a positive impact on a social scale. In fact, the territorial roots are an essential factor for the project and thanks to which consumption can become “a transforming element that generates internal dynamics in the territory”. You can listen to the entire conversation to find out, from the inside, how this project works and how it can benefit us as consumers.

 

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The term “single” refers to all single, separated, divorced or widowed people, regardless of whether they have children or not, who live alone and do not have a partner. 

 

This article does not pretend to be exhaustive; we just want to offer different options, traditional or innovative, that can serve all those single people who have to plan their holidays this year.

 

Holidays with children

There are plenty of holiday offers for singles with children to choose from: camping, holiday camps, trips -more or less organised, more or less conventional, closer or more exotic-, unorganised stays in rural accommodation, campsites, hotels… The list is endless.

Given that with children it is very easy for them to be the only ones who end up enjoying their holidays, holiday camp-type solutions are always a good resource and in our house we know a lot about this.

There are educational leisure activities, such as Eix Estels, with relaxation and fitness activities, such as yoga, zip line, elliptical bikes, strong by fitness, acrobatic park on the trees, aqua gym, via ferrata, mindfulness, zumba, archery, climbing wall…

If what keeps us awake at night is taking care of our diet, we can opt for Fundesplai, with menus based on the Mediterranean diet, healthy cuisine and types of diets that take into account allergies and intolerances. They also offer activities for children, such as orienteering races, Olympics, “little scientists”, aquatic gymkhana… Activities for mothers and fathers, for example, aqua gym, natur-yoga, wine and sausage tasting, cultural visits … And joint activities such as adventure park, archery, climbing wall, vegetarian cooking workshop, paddle-surfing, kayaking …

We can also find some that promote self-knowledge, creativity and emotional balance, such as Lleuredosmil. As for activities, we can enjoy the so-called “family wellness activities”, which would be family yoga, forest baths (shinrin yoku), mindfulness as a family, workshops in nature, laughter therapy, etc.

Beyond the option of holiday camps, we can find companies specialising in trips and leisure activities exclusively for single-parent families, such as Op & Kids, which also operate beyond our country and which promote and encourage traditional, cultural and natural activities.

There are also specialised travel agencies, or others that have already incorporated the single-parent modality into their portfolio of services.

Singles’ holidays without children

If we are single and without children, or if we are on holiday and the children stay with someone else, we find ourselves in a much less restrictive situation, which offers an even wider range of alternatives.

If we are in favour of not resorting to anything organised, we can always create our own singles group and plan activities of all kinds, where the only limit will be our imagination.

Here we could consider trips with a high content of adventure, where we only have to establish one or more destinations -or a specific itinerary-, dates, and a luggage and expenses plan, while the rest can be left to the adventure.

It is even necessary not to rule out the brave option of setting off on a solo trip, more or less planned, along itineraries or places we have not yet explored, where, in addition to discovering unknown places, we will surely end up meeting more people than we thought we would, because, often, what makes a difference is usually a mere question of having the right attitude.

If these alternatives make us feel a bit lazy, on the Internet we can find many singles groups dedicated to all kinds of activities: cultural, sporting, leisure, etc.

For example, we can find cultural and nature trips at the Centre Europeu de Barcelona, a cultural centre specialising in trips for singles and committed to sustainable tourism.

 We should not forget the more traditional organised options, which offer everything from conventional trips to cruises and all kinds of routes.

 

If it doesn’t matter, then… Let’s be original!

In this section, we propose ideas for singles holidays that can be taken with or without children.

The option of travelling in a caravan or motorhome gives you a lot of freedom, autonomy and flexibility, and you can choose to do it in the company of whomever you want. On the other hand, it is important to be aware of all the logistical and legal details: supply, routes, time availability, weather, camping or parking facilities and requirements, etc.

Hiking or mountain biking are also popular options these days. In addition to the obligatory requirement of being in a good physical shape, this alternative requires careful initial planning of logistics and catering, taking for granted that the trips, even the shortest, involve a few days outdoors and, usually, in sparsely populated or unpopulated areas.

Another interesting option is the so-called nautical charter, which is the activity of renting pleasure boats, with or without a skipper. This alternative allows you to enjoy marine landscapes that are only accessible from the sea, to learn a little about navigation and on-board tasks, and to enjoy a peace and silence that you will hardly find anywhere else. If you are lucky, you will also be able to see cetaceans and swim in waters where perhaps no one has ever been before. It is best to choose a sailing boat; this way, we do not pollute the marine ecosystem, and we also save noise pollution to our ears.

The yacht charter sector is in full evolution, especially in terms of marketing through the Internet. There are companies using tools such as 360° recordings and chatbots, among other innovations.

Whichever option we finally opt for, our recommendation is that it should be people-friendly and environmentally sustainable. And we must not forget possible restrictions and COVID-19 risks depending on the areas and countries of our itinerary.

 

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L’estiu és un temps que ens permet fer coses en família, compartir i gaudir d’uns dies de vacances. La pandèmia que ens va tenir tancats a casa l’any passat està remetent i són moltes les famílies que es plantegen sortir de vacances uns quants dies. 

 

Planificar 

Planificar les vacances és una feina que cal fer, especialment, si es viatja amb infants. Buscar un lloc adequat per a ells i, alhora, agradable per als adults, no és tasca fàcil. No totes les destinacions turístiques estan pensades per anar-hi amb infants. Per tant, cal cercar destinacions preparades per acollir famílies, amb espais i activitats pensats per a menuts i grans. De fet, cada vegada més el sector turístic s’especialitza segons les necessitats del client.

Catalunya és un país ple d’oportunitats. Destinació turística per excel·lència, ha sabut diversificar la seva oferta. El turisme familiar n’és una i, avui dia, hi ha una àmplia llista de propostes que s’adapten a tota mena de famílies: nombroses, monoparentals, amb un, dos fills…

A l’hora de triar una destinació s’ha de tenir en compte, entre altres aspectes, el pressupost, els gustos i les edats dels diferents membres de la família, la durada, la distància, etcètera. 

Triar un lloc adaptat a les necessitats dels menuts i dels adults és clau. Catalunya té destinacions de qualitat que compleixen amb un seguit de requisits considerats adients per al turisme familiar, als quals l’Agència Catalana de Turisme atorga la marca de Turisme Familiar. Aquest distintiu els acredita com a destinacions que proporcionen una oferta diversificada d’establiments d’allotjament, restauració i d’oci i lleure adreçats als més petits.

Mar o muntanya?

Concretament són 27 les destinacions que tenen la marca de Turisme familiar. Aquestes són dividides en dos grups: les destinacions de mar i les destinacions de muntanya.

Les destinacions de mar tenen el distintiu de Platja en família. Dinou municipis de la costa el tenen. Hi trobem Pineda de Mar, Castelldefels, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Salou o Cambrils, entre d’altres. Serveis de socorrista, de restauració amb menús infantils, activitats a la sorra, a l’aigua, i un llarg etcètera, pensats per menuts i grans, ajuden a fer passar l’estona amb més facilitat per a tots. 

Quant a les famílies que prefereixen les activitats de muntanya, hi ha 8 municipis amb la Marca Natura i Muntanya en família. Els amants de la natura hi trobaran una àmplia oferta lúdica: centres didàctics, esports d’aventura, estacions d’esquí obertes a l’estiu, etcètera.

A més, tant a les destinacions de mar com a les de muntanya hi trobarem allotjaments preparats per acollir famílies: hotels, càmpings o apartaments que fins i tot t’ofereixen servei de cotxet, bressol i cadireta perquè no s’hagin de carregar en l’equipatge; servei de guarderia; activitats complementàries; monitors; etcètera.

Viatjar en família és una oportunitat que se’ns presenta quan podem gaudir d’uns dies de vacances. Planificar-les bé i triar un lloc adequat segons l’edat i els gustos dels més petits de la casa ens garantirà l’èxit de l’estada. 

 

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For yet another year, we bid farewell to an atypical Christmas season, accompanied by uncertainty and restrictions that have altered family celebrations and gatherings. The Three Kings will arrive decaffeinated, vaccinated, with masks, and without giving out sweets, but if there is one thing we can be sure of, it is that after their Majesties, the winter sales will arrive. So, what day do the sales start?

 

Since the state government liberalised the opening hours and discount periods ten years ago, shops no longer have to wait for a specific date to start the sales period. The winter sales in Catalonia officially start on 7 January and end on 31 March, but even so, many shops and chain shops already have discounts and offers, or will have them from 3 January onwards.

The appearance of the new Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 has tempered optimism for the gradual recovery of a sector that has seen a significant decrease in activity in the high street during the hours leading up to Christmas Eve. But neither the restrictions, nor people’s caution in the face of the high level of accumulated incidence, nor the popularity of online shopping will mean the end of the sales phenomenon. We are changing our shopping habits and, for this reason, more and more neighbourhood shops are going digital to gain access to customers who now have their mobile phones closer than the corner shop, and which also allow us to make contactless payments in physical shops.

11Onze is becoming a phenomenon as the first Fintech community in Catalonia. Now, it releases the first version of El Canut, the super app of 11Onze, for Android and Apple. El Canut, the first universal account can be opened in Catalan territory.

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We are living through another Christmas marked by the pandemic and, despite the exhaustion, we can already say that we have become experts at celebrating the festive season in full compliance with all the restrictions. Here are six tips to ensure that family gatherings are safe and a success!

 

Following the Generalitat’s instructions, which have been tightened up due to the arrival of the new Covid variant, the omicron, in Catalonia, we cannot let our guard down during the festive season. But this does not mean that we have to give up family gatherings. Here are six tips to make your social gatherings safe without losing the Christmas spirit.

 

First of all, choose how you would prefer to spend the holidays: would you like to have a get-together with the family, would you prefer to take advantage of the restrictions to avoid social contact and stay on the sofa watching TV series? Whatever kind of Christmas you want to experience, use your imagination. If there is one thing we have in our favour, it is that technology makes it easier for us to live with social distance. 

 

  1. Find a way to meet others, even if not physically. The point is to spend time together and enjoy each other’s company. Although social distance does not allow us to be together in person, we can find alternatives to keep the party going. Getting together via video call is a cheap, quick and easy way to bring the whole family together, regardless of where they are. For grandpa and grandma, we can help them set up the computer or mobile phone so that they can enjoy the family get-together more than anyone else. It’s never too late to learn!
  2. Ventilate the space periodically. In case of meetings at home, which should not exceed ten people and, if possible, of our bubble group, it is recommended to ventilate before, during and after family or social gatherings. Ten minutes is enough, as long as we try to let fresh air in from opposite sides of the house. It is a task that, beyond social gatherings, we need to incorporate into our routine. It doesn’t waste a lot of time and ensures that we don’t let our guard down. 
  3. Let your imagination run wild. If we let our imagination run wild, the possibilities are as many as we can think of: we can make biscuits and send them to relatives far away or recover postcards and send them to all those people we can’t be near. If we are more artistic, we can record a home concert for the rest of the family to enjoy. And, if we have relatives far away, we can easily have the gifts delivered to their homes. In fact, nowadays we can even make a tupper of San Esteve cannelloni and send an express delivery to the grandchildren. Do not put limits to your imagination, illusion does not understand social distance.
  4. Don’t forget your values. There are a few weeks of unbridled consumerism coming up, both in food and gifts, but neither at Christmas nor during the sales can we lose sight of our values. Christmas shopping is important enough to leave a social and environmental footprint with our decisions. When we go shopping, let’s preferably opt for local products and products bought in local shops. Let us also avoid non-reusable plastic plates and cutlery, and replace them with recyclable materials. Even gift wrapping can be sustainable.
  5. Gifts with a conscience. Let’s leave behind gifts of dubious usefulness that are given as a compromise, to make a gesture to someone, and let’s opt for gifts with a conscience. Before buying anything, let’s ask ourselves: will it be useful? Will they use it? And if we don’t find any gift that convinces us, let’s think about basic things, such as a food basket, a plant, a good wine or giving experiences as gifts, such as guided tours, concerts, exhibitions, workshops and even gift cards. Let’s make every purchase meaningful, both at the time of making it and at the time of giving it as a gift. We don’t buy things to throw away!
  6. Enjoy the company like never before. In this day and age, getting together for family meals is a gift in itself. More than ever, let’s stop and enjoy the present with the company of those around us. We can choose more or less sustainable gifts, we can travel to the other side of the world or stay at home watching a series. But, in the end, it will be this magical moment that allows us to sit around a table (or a screen) that shows that we live and enjoy together. What better celebration, right?

 

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If he has everything, if it’s the right size, if she’ll like it… Giving Christmas presents can sometimes be a hassle. But we don’t have to buy for the sake of buying. We can give gifts in a conscious, responsible and caring way. Junior product manager Sara Casals gives us some tips.

 

With solidarity gifts you will always get it right and there is as much variety as there are non-governmental organisations, social entities and federations in the world. To start with, the gift can be a solidarity card with which we make a donation on behalf of a third party. But they can also be gifts, because these organisations usually have online shops where they promote their cause with merchandising. Here is a list of some of them:

  • Arrels Fundació, a dignified work. This organisation, which supports homeless people, has been helping them for a long time through an occupational workshop, where they make a wide range of products. In their shop you will find a lot of objects made by people in vulnerable situations. This year, they have also opened a physical shop in the centre of Barcelona, La Troballa, where you can find all their products.
  • Proactiva Open Arms, against the refugee crisis. The NGO that rescues people at the gates of Europe, in the Mediterranean Sea, has a shop where they sell all kinds of merchandising products, but where you can also find special gifts, such as tickets to solidarity concerts or gift cards to support their cause.
  • Botiga solidària de Sant Joan de Déu, the double gift. In this solidarity shop you can give two gifts in one: you will make the person who will receive the gift happy, but you will also help all the people who need to be cared for. You can find everything from socks to wafers, bracelets, notebooks, boxes of chocolates and sweets, and even corporate gifts.
  • Top Manta, the diversity shop. A good number of street vendors in Barcelona, fed up with police persecution and exhausted by the obstacles to regularising their administrative situation, founded Top Manta, an ecological, diverse, solidarity-based and designer brand. They have exclusive clothes made by renowned designers and illustrators and their latest model of bamba, the Ande Dem, has been a bestseller. 

Search the internet and find many more: the hospital clown association Pallapupas, the José Carreras Foundation against leukaemia, Amics de la Gent Gran, AFANOC against childhood cancer… The list is endless, but we encourage you to explore it all!

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