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Reimagining Home and Community in Wales

Home and community life in contemporary Wales looks, on the surface, much like life anywhere else in the United Kingdom. Super-sized grocery stores, suburban housing developments, and small towns share space with ancient monuments, rural farms, and industrial heritage sites.

By reimagining home and community life, Wales is seeking more sustainable practices in order to plan for future generations. More and more people are growing their own vegetables, using local markets, and employing the principles of "reduce, reuse, and recycle" in all facets of their lives.

Reimagining even further, the communities of Llanelli and Lampeter have joined the "Transition Town" movement—working together to find sustainable solutions and putting them into action. "We won't always know the answers but we can have fun looking for them," the Llanelli group says on its Web site.

  • The small city of St. Davids in West Wales is striving to become the first "zero carbon" city in the world.
  • Waste Awareness Wales reports that if you can help recycle one ton of paper, you will help spare seventeen trees and conserve 4,200 kilowatt hours of electricity.
  • Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Aqualogic, and the Connaught Academy of Wales offer a "Green Plumbers of Wales" course, the first of its kind in Europe, to improve plumbing efficiency.