Gruppi di Acquisto Solidale’ (G.A.S.) or Solidarity Purchase Groups, are collective purchasing organisations that form alternative food networks managed by a group of citizens (known as ‘gasisti’) who come together to buy food and other goods at wholesale prices and/or from small local producers, to be redistribution between members. There are about 75 GASs in Rome and its surrounding province.
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Hollola energy co-operative buys wood chips from its members and converts the chips to heat in heat plants owned by the municipality and sells the heat to the municipality. The co-operative has tens of members and its members get income from energy wood. The co-operative takes care of a couple of heat plants at schools and one heat plant in an old people’s home.
In Rome, the Spiral Foundation (an experienced international no-profit humanitarian organization) started in 2011 a pilot project called “Refugee ScArt”. Its activity fosters humanitarian and environmental scopes jointly following the motto “new life to people through new life of materials”. Its peculiarity is that it was tailored to help refugees seeking protections in Rome to be self-sufficient and re-give them dignity, whereas at the same time this experience is used as a showcase for society to demonstrate that social inclusion is possible yet favourable.
The Helsinki Metropolitan Area Recycling Centre is an example of a community-based initiative that has succeeded in growing from a small grass-root activity to a big and influential actor in the recycling and re-using business in Finland. In 2014, they recirculated over 3 million items in their five shops. Through their actions they are helping people recycle the things they do not need anymore and offering a sustainable and affordable way of purchasing furniture, clothes and bicycles, amongst many other goods.
In 2004 the Ciclofficina Centrale was established and opened its gate in a social squat next to the Coliseum. This community bike repair shop was the first one to open in a central location and it laid on an imaginary line connecting the other few community bike repair shops located east and west of the core of the city. In 2007 the Ciclofficina Centrale got the formal vest of association, named Ass. Ciclonauti.
In the southern-most part of Finland, in a small village called Bromarf an ecovillage project was launched in 2000 and a plot size of 2.5 hectares was purchased. The Martha Association was one of the main funders of the project (together with local private sponsors), which aimed at providing altogether 20 residences mainly for elderly people and young adults. The following goals paved the way: new vitality to the village, enhancement of current building culture and of ecology, fresh entrepreneurship, energy economy, healthy building and increasing recycling awareness.
Orti Urbani Garbatella is an urban gardening initiative born in 2008 in a southern neighbourhood of Rome, emerged on the premise and need of requalification of an abandoned park. Over the last years its activities contributed to a progressive increase of the aesthetic value of the area and to a regeneration of the local community, thanks to the new space available for working together and sharing time and ideas.
Pietarsaari is a small city located at the shore of the Ostrobothnian Gulf. The local waste company Ekorosk Oy wanted to create a new fun way to teach the local children about recycling and its importance. At the same time there was a problem with too much aluminum among the mixed waste. That is when one of the company’s workers came up with the idea of organizing a competition for the local elementary schools, where the aim would be to collect as many empty tealight cups as possible during a two-month period.
Gasquilino is a solidarity purchasing group settled in one of the most central neighbourhoods in Rome, but it is also one of the key activities of a much more complex and highly inspiring grassroots initiative. In 2011, a group of 10 families created Gasquilino, engaging some local suppliers to purchase organic food products. Today, after only 5 years, 60 households are involved and the group’s services reach around 150 people among families and friends.
People living in small villages have their special needs and desires like all of us, but there can be problems with how to get their voice heard at the municipality level.The solution could be to set up a village association to work as a supervisor of the interests of the people living in the village. In Finland these kind of village associations are rather common, as there are almost 3000 registered village associations in the country.