Made in Spain

Después de 9 meses en Alemania, una cosa está clara: los alemanes están orgullosos de su país y de sus productos. Los productos “made in Germany” se venden mejor que el resto… invierten en su propio país.

After 9 months in Germany one thing is clear: they are proud of their country and their products. Products “made in Germany” are better sold than others… they invest in their own country.

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I love second-hand items

La semana pasada tuvo lugar en mi ciudad la feria del libro de ocasión, y encontré este libro de Esfera por 3 euros. Nuevo me habría costado 3 veces más. Y pese a que es un libro usado, para mí es mucho mejor que uno nuevo. Para empezar, el libro ya tiene su propia historia: está en perfectas condiciones, salvo porque se le amarillearon las páginas. Debió ser, en su día, un regalo, pues alguien se molestó en borrar definitivamente su precio original, que estaba impreso en la contraportada. Y el que recibió el libro, debía apreciar mucho a quien se lo regaló, pues está cuidadosamente forrado, con el mismo forro que se usa en el cole. Sin embargo, creo que es la primera vez que este libro es leído; como dije, está en perfectas condiciones, no hay una sola página doblada o curvada.

The second-hand book fair took place in my city last week. I found this book, Sfera, for only 3 euros. If it had been new it would have triple in price. And in spite of the fact that is a second-hand book, I think it’s better than a new one. To begin with, this book has its own history: it’s in perfect condition,  except some pages that turned yellow. It must have been a present, since someone bothered in rub out its original price for good, which was printed on the back cover. The person who received the book must be very fond of the one who give it to him, since the book is carefully covered. However, I think it’s the first time the book is going to be read; as I said before, it’s in perfect condition, there isn’t any page folded.

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eco-bolsas de los 70

Ya no es la primera vez que escribo sobre las eco-bolsas, y es que realmente me parecen muy prácticas. El otro día, curioseando en casa de mi madre, encontré estas bolsas que mi madre utilizaba para hacer la compra cuando yo era muy pequeñita (las debió comprar en los 70).

It’s not the first time I wrote about ecobags, because I think they’re very handy. The other day, prying into my mother’s house, I found these bags that my mother used to go shopping when I was a child (she should have bought them in the 70’s)

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Bolsa=caca (bag=yukky)

These days we can see in Spain an advertising campaign called “Bolsa=caca” (this is: bag=yukky) (this link contains objetive information about the campaign, it’s not the official website of the campaign!) . This campaign tries to  make people aware of how dangerous for the environment the plastic bags are. The campaign belongs to the company “Carrefour”, and obviously, they would save a lot of money if people didn’t use their plastic bags. But anyway, the important thing is: plastic bags are yukky! And the best option is, as always, to have reusable bags.

How to get your reusable bag? You have two options:

1- Do it in fabric: Long time ago TOP SHOP posted in its web how to do your own eco-bag in fabric, and here is the link.

2- Do it in paper: You can do your bag from a newspaper,  following the instrutions in this website (in japanese) or also you can see the video in youtube: