The desire to follow ecological and social criteria at the moment of buying has given rise to these networks for exchanging goods, purchasing cooperatives and exchange markets, among others current kinds of citizens’ initiatives.
They offer a new way to focus an economic activity on people, the environment and sustained ways of development while building community. It is based on the free exchange of goods between people, without the intervention of money, or with the intervention of proprietary money circumscribed to fairs, markets and street activities.
Beyond this physical exchange, online digital platforms appear each day. These new types of activities allow also all kinds of products to be exchanged.