Who are we?

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Our Association's major emphasis in the past has not only been in recycling waste by making plates from paper, ironed plastic bags, lip-balm containers and others. But, we are also utilizing used furniture and computing devices in our office. Our volunteers and co-workers usually travel by bicycle or predominantly use public transportation and in habit of purchasing clothes from second hand shops. Our environmental friendly programs such as flower, plant or clothes swapping events have proved to be very popular amongst our organization members as well as the participants. We strive to buy our foods and ingredients from the local markets or directly from the primary producers. From those ingredients, we always cook and eat together and we enjoy our sessions. Our consistent effort has always been to create an open-minded atmosphere around Messzelátó Association in terms of facing environmental and community related issues. We also pay special attention to disadvantaged youngsters. Our association has 40 permanent members and is blessed with approximately 100 volunteers.

Introduction

Messzelátó, founded by students of zoology in the Year of 1999, has been involved in nature conservation, environmental protection, education and cultural areas to create a better sustainable community. The word 'Messzelátó' literally means binoculars and can refer to someone who looks ahead into the future.

Our Main goals have been:

To spread the values and advantages of nature conservation and environmental protection by establishing various events, camps, seminars, and picnics.

To spread and promote volunteering culture amongst every layer of society as a basic foundation of our community.

The association has declared the 'Sustainable City Living' as a main theme. Our various programs and events have all been revolved around this theme. We also intend to learn and teach the best facets of small town living and incorporate them into our city living harmoniously, just like cheese and soap making! (Please click onto our Green Home Academy page).
We work to introduce various environmental-friendly measures into our daily life with our creative ideas and products. The examples are making various items from reusable and recyclable waste, making our own eco-cosmetics that are free from harmful chemicals. We emphasize conscious buying from local markets and primary producers as a very important element for healthy living. (Please visit Our 50 kms Diet program web site as well as és Szatyor buyers community).

We still take active part in "Youth in Momentum Movement" as a major EVS (European Volunteering Service) organization. We are sending and receiving young people and making our presence to be felt in youth exchange programs.

Please visit our Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/messzelato/sets/

Please take a look on our Facebook page as well!

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