1st Responsible Consumption, Social and Solidarity Economy Fair

The 1st Responsible Consumption, Social and Solidarity Economy Fair, organised by Barcelona City Council's Cooperative, Social, Solidarity and Consumption Economy Commissioner, will be in Plaça Catalunya from 19 December to 4 January.

The purpose of the fair is to inform the public of the products, services and activities of businesses and associations that are promoting and enabling responsible and local consumption, as well as making a genuinely social and solidarity economy possible. These are modest proposals faced with mass consumerism, but they show that there are feasible projects, with high social and environmental returns, that can enable and boost responsible consumption for better living.

Visitors will find projects, associations and businesses that are developing and want to develop the economy and transform society, by proposing a change in the social and economic model. Projects that are driving the local economy, with strong ties to neighbourhoods, districts, the city and the country, an economy that is not being moved offshore but rather geared towards meeting the needs, aspirations and even wishes of people and the areas.

The fair will have:

  • 1 area for morning and afternoon activities
  • 36 stands occupied by 65 projects and associations taking part in two turns: from 19 to 27 December, and from 28 December to 4 January. The fair will close on 25 and 26 December, on the afternoon of 31 December and the entire day of 1 January. 

The wide range of stands will include a good number of the current areas of the social and solidarity economy: food and drink; clothes; culture/knowledge; the restaurant industry; training; communication and critical information; responsible leisure and tourism; ethical and co-operative finance and insurance; health care and treatment; responsible energy and telephony and other services such as those offered by social and vocational integration foundations and businesses. 

Visitors will therefore be able to enjoy a wide and diverse range of food, crafts, textiles and accessories products as well as books and publications, cosmetics, energy and telephony services, antiques, vinyl records, Christmas gardening and even second-hand bicycles.  The fair's information point (in the activities area) will provide information on the areas at Barcelona City Council which are promoting it: Commerce, Social Rights and the Commissioner for Cooperative, Social and Solidarity Economy.

Activities

Several morning activities open to everyone have been organised during the fair, to encourage and raise public awareness of responsible consumption. These range from helping us to discover a second life for the things we throw away to creating a space for reflection on our relationship with consumption through theatre and comedy. You will be able to learn about other ways of creating electricity without causing pollution and rediscover the origins to traditions such the caga tió and how consumer society has been gradually changing.

Several recreational and cultural events and activities will be put on in the afternoon/early evening, notably the wine, olive oil and craft beer tasting sessions, book and other publication presentations, debates on the critical media and music shows aimed at young and old alike. There will also be a bicycle-repair workshop, Biciclot, a space with tools, where an expert mechanic will help and teach everyone who wants to learn how to repair bicycles.