What is CommunEcos?
CommunEcos is a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing people into connection with a sustainable and socially just life. It seeks to achieve these objectives in ways that are both practical and imaginative through workshops, presentations, collaborative social enterprise and on-site demonstration projects. Its Recyclique cooperative and shop helps generate the revenue that makes this work possible, in addition to public donations. Click here for info on our famous painted rain barrels.
Where are we?: 2811 Hillsborough Rd (green house next to the Food Lion)
When are we open?: We’re now open Wed., Thur, and Fri. 3-6 pm & Saturdays 10am -5 pm.
What Does CommunEcos do?
First, it holds events, workshops, presentations and film showings with the purpose of bringing the principles of environmental sustainability and a socially just economy to a broader audience of interested and caring people. [see our Events page calendar for info on upcoming events] We also have regular “how-to” or skillshare events to help people regain practical skills of living that recent generations have forgotten, as well as new knowledge and skills for building sustainable lifestyles. We work closely with Transition Durham, and we seek to build mutually beneficial collaborations with other organizations and individuals working for similar goals.
Second, it works with its member artisans and craftspeople to “upcycle” (re-use and re-purpose) used and second-hand “stuff” to put it to sustainable use. By selling their creative products, it seeks to provide our members with a green income source at a time of broader financial crisis and artificially created scarcity.
Third, in its own design features, CommunEcos and its Recyclique Cooperative Store seek to provide practical demonstrations of how the stuff that people possess can be creatively re-used. We seek not only to talk about a sustainable life style in an urban environment, but to demonstrate how it can be lived as well, in areas not only of creative re-use but also in such areas as sustainable energy and food.
Fourth, by relying on our own model for generating green income from our rain barrel production and our artisan’s cooperative and its sales from our Recyclique shop, we seek to provide a model for a progressive autonomous nonprofit organization, which is neither beholden to large funders for its programs, nor commits its members to an endless chase for funding in competition with other worthwhile organizations.