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Hainault Allotments, Essex, UK

Allotment gardens are characterized by a concentration in one place of a few or up to several hundreds of land parcels that are assigned to individual families. In allotment gardens, the parcels are cultivated individually, contrary to other community garden types where the entire area is tended collectively by a group of people.

The individual size of a parcel ranges between 200 and 400 square meters, and often the plots include a shed for tools and shelter. The individual gardeners are organized in an allotment association which leases the land from the owner who may be a public, private or ecclesiastical entity, provided that it is only used for gardening (i.e. growing vegetables, fruits and flowers), but not for residential purposes. The gardeners have to pay a small membership fee to the association, and have to abide with the corresponding constitution and by-laws. On the other hand, the membership entitles them to certain democratic rights. Learn more...


Barter clothes : good for the purse, good for the environment

More and more people are keen on saving money and finding new ways of doing so. There may be various reasons to this, maybe revamp your wardrobe without spending money, or have access to high fashion clothing you couldn't afford otherwise.

Now for the ethical aspect : clothes tend to be made in China, Thailand... in far away countries, which implies a lot of pollution for transport. What's more, as the demand grows, manufacturers have to increase their production, another source of pollution, especially as the textile industry there does not have to abide by such strict laws as we do in Europe.

Swapping clothes is environment-friendly!

  • Swap clothes or jewelry with your friends is eco-citizenship :
  • No CO2 to import them,
  • No over production…

But that's not all :

  • We can indulge in quality articles, especially for the young who won't wear their clothes for long,
  • We can recycle the gifts we didn't like, which is no doubt better than throwing them away,
  • We save money !

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Buying organic seasonal local food is a way of getting into contact with those who produce what we eat, of enjoying fresh and traditional food...
Plenty of other good reasons in Opting for organic seasonal local food.

Did you know...

Hybrid vehicles are an intermediary solution between conventionnal vehicles and electric vehicles. The idea is making the thermic motor run with a slightly harder charge than necessary, and use this extra energy to charge batteries.

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Let's see how to insert an image in an article. First of all, it must be uploaded on Ekopedia's Base. Then, you use the Ekopedia syntax to reveal it.

A few examples:

· [[Image:Keyboard.jpg]] will post the original size.
· [[Image:Keyboard.jpg|200px]] imposes a size.
· [[Image:Keyboard.jpg|200px|right]] forces aligning right.
· [[Image:Keyboard.jpg|200px|right|A keyboard]] adds a legend.
· [[Image:Keyboard.jpg|200px|thumb|A keyboard]] creates a frame on the right.

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More than one century of industrial development, economic growth and intensive exploitation of nature has led us to a world where we can travel cheaply to anywhere in the world, import food, clothes and materials from any country, yet we are slowly destroying the very earth which keeps us alive. Despite increases in automation, we are working harder and harder, and neglecting our home lives to fulfil the demands of industry. The brave new world promised to us by technology has not arrived. Instead it has led to an increased gap between rich and poor within most countries and between countries. Cultures once unique and distinct are slowly merging into variations of Western popular culture. Languages and species are dying out. The outlook is gloomy! We have a very strong responsibility to the future which we will create. If we wish to provide a better environment to our children (and ourselves), we will thus have to modify our ways of life and our manner of consuming. Currently, to provide for his needs, Humanity must call upon the industry of consumption.

« We must define the techniques together allowing us to build a better world. » 
Jean-Luc Henry, President of the Ekopedia Foundation

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