BioCultura opened on Thursday the floodgates of the great channel of alternatives to consumption full of chemicals in which it has become, with 21 editions held in Barcelona.
Until Sunday, visitors will be able to discover the products of 700companies and participate in 400 activities, all with the aim of turning a predatory society around by offering more sustainable and ethical alternatives to life.
The bio food continues to carry the great weight in this fair, with 53% of the total of exhibitors. Among the innovations of this year, in which the ecological aquaculture has greater visibility, are theecological sea bass fillets Culmárex, distributed by Ecoviand, that also carries other products of sustainable fishing. This preserve contains organic sea bass, extra virgin olive oil and salt.
One of the innovations are the handmade pasta of vegetables, made only with chickpea flour or lentils from organic farming, from the French brand Lazzaretti distributed by the company Naturlike. The pasta has a spiral shape and needs five minutes of cooking. Then it is accompanied by the sauce you want, getting a different way of eating vegetables, which will surely convince the little ones.
Sea water and spring water
From the waters of Ibiza and Formentera comes Agua de Mar, a family business that sells sea water in bottles to drink or in largercontainers for cooking. From their boat, they collect the raw material of the hyper-oxygenated waters by the posidonia meadows and the currents of the islands’ waters, and offer it as a suitable product because it contains the great majority of minerals that the body needs. It can be taken in a shot glass or diluted that amount in another drink, to the taste of the consumer.
Also by the water moves Flaska, a glass bottle with a cover that can be of different materials, turned into a personal source of springwater. The objective is to recover the glass, more sustainable, to drink water, and to cover it with a neoprene, silicone or cotton cover to protect it. The corks are made of natural cork and the magic of spring is offered by a technology of silica programming (TPS), which restructures the water to restore its natural state, prior to the vibrational effect of transport.
Natural and proximity cosmetics
One of the sectors that grows the most in this year’s BioCultura isnatural cosmetics, and especially made by Spanish companies. An example is the signature of the Karicia Strip, which after several years offering natural products for beauty centers, have just launched a line for domestic consumption, called Naturk, which has, among others, rosehip oil.
After a few years growing arnica naturally in Taüll for other organic cosmetics manufacturers, Taüll Organics has started to produce its own products, with the arnica as the main base. They have gels, wipes and creams made with this plant, very popular in the area since ancient times to relax and soothe inflammations. In addition, they cultivate other species of plants, like the snow flower and marigold, with which also they think to make own products.
Another sector that is growing is sustainable fashion , and the fair echoes this novowaterbottles. The promotional and sales portal Sunsais has for the third consecutive year a ‘showroom’, in which it unveils several brands, such as the tencel and organic cotton sweatshirts from Out of Office, recycled leather bags from Use or Leave or the Custom designs by Juana Barranco, for men, women and children.
In addition, there are other exhibitors of clothing made with organic fabrics, such as the T-shirts and sweatshirts of the French EcoLoco, who works from his workshop in Montpellier; The handmade designs with local suppliers for children and babies of the Catalan firm Badabadoc; Or the organic cotton underwear of Maripuri Tijeritas, a Donostiar who also hand-made compresses and diapers with organic fabrics.
As a great alternative life fair, in BioCultura there are also spaces where you can learn about Waldorf’s network of educational initiatives, initiated by the well-known German pedagogue; The guide of rural tourism and agrotourism Ecotur, which offers holidays to live the nature; The ethical insurance company Arç, specializing in insurance for social and solidarity economy; Or the magazine ‘Ets el que menges, which has already reached three years with 8,000 members and 100,000 monthly visits.