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Meet our members – Amigos de la Tierra

Meet our member-Amigos de la Tierra

"We want to be famous for making interesting events, but we are also trying to fundamentally change the model."

Meet Alodia Muñoz from Amigos de la Tierra

Hi Alodia, can you give us a brief introduction to Amigos de la Tierra's concerns?

Amigos de la Tierra España was founded in 1979 and has a history of nearly 40 years. We are headquartered in Madrid, work across the country, and have established a network of local groups in different regions. In the country office, we have 8 people working, but I am the only one engaged in natural resources and waste disposal. Of course, my communication and management colleagues will help me with these activities.

How long have you worked in this field? What makes you fall into (zero) waste?

I started working in the waste field in 2005 as a composting technician. Since then, I have done a lot of work on bio-waste, and later it involved obsolescence, savings plans, and different issues and laws, all of which are related to household waste. We have been working under the zero-waste paradigm. When Zero-Waste Europe was born, we wanted to be a part of it, without a doubt.

What is your current role in the organization?

I am a natural resources and waste activist. I lead Amigos de la Tierra activities related to biological waste and composting, decommissioning, deposit planning and plastics. We cooperate with people in communication and activist actions, and cooperate with decision makers through political lobbying actions.

Tell us more about an activity/event you are doing?

Alargascencia is a campaign against obsolescence. We have established maps for more than 1.400 small businesses (such as second-hand stores, repair shops) that are committed to extending the life of their products. Recently, we launched #SeMerecenun10, demanding reductions in compensation and value-added tax for second-hand activities.

If you want your organization to be known for one thing, what would it be?

We hope to be famous for making interesting events, but we are also trying to fundamentally change the model. For example, our action during the 2017 Black Friday was to build a tree of different products such as electronics and textiles in the city center square, and organize a colorful Sunday. At that time, we did not buy new products, but lease and second-hand goods were promoted.

How would you describe the development of the zero waste movement in your country? What is your view of the future?

Spain's zero waste movement is far from becoming mainstream. There are some zero-waste lifestyle campaigns, but we still have a lot of work to do in order to change the country’s waste generation and management model.

What is the key message of your organization?

We are committed to achieving local and global changes to respect the environment and build a fair and supportive society.

You can find more information about Amigos de la Tierra and its work here.

We are committed to achieving local and global changes to respect the environment and build a fair and supportive society.

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