Ecological roses for Sant Jordi (April 23)

We have a wonderful tradition here in Catalonia which is to give our loved ones roses (usually to the girl) and a book (traditionally to the boy) on Sant Jordi (St. George's Day, April 23). It's a pretty amazing day in Barcelona, so get out there Thursday with your camera or phone (and/or come with us on this week's social programme).

It is also true that it's become somewhat commercialised, with everyone out there outside every shop and on every corner, trying to make a buck and sell you books and roses. As a result, literally millions of roses have to be air-freighted in to be sold on Sant Jordi (and trashed the next day), which is kind of crazy and unsustainable.

We'll be selling books and roses ourselves here at IH Barcelona on Thursday — but for a good cause. We have an approximately termly charity booksale, with all proceeds going to La Escuelita, a school in Ecuador, which usually raises somewhere around €300-€500.

Because we believe doing our bit for the environment is important, the roses we'll be selling have been made from last year's surplus brochures and we"ll also be selling these for the same good cause.

You can see more photos (including some quite cool bookmarks we made by recycling visiting cards and Metro tickets) on our Instagram page and we have a second video here with a few more ideas of what you could use the roses for.

Note | We need books!
Preferably paperback novels in reasonable condition, in English, Spanish, Catalan, French or German (the languages we teach at IH Barcelona), if you have any you'd like to donate to a good cause.

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