Casita Verde is a small, but by now quite famous ecology centre founded by Chris Dews in 1993 and located in the green heart of Ibiza's beautiful countryside. In January 1996 it became the official headquarters of a non-profit, Non-Governmental Organisation called Ibiza Ecologic.
Basically, we are an experiential learning centre, designed to encourage innovative and sustainable lifestyle techniques, which are within reach of every one of us.
The majority of the structures on the Ibiza site have been built using up-cycled materials and from local garbage like bottles, aluminium cans and pallet wood.
Since 1993, and together with more than 1,000 volunteers, we have created a number of green living-spaces and communal areas, including three eco-toilets, a fully functional kitchen, a bottle house media centre, a very original 'Gaia Centre' guest room, the chill-out, a tree house, a cal oven house and the magical cave. Plus an ingenious wooden 'wild west' wagon style tiny house, made almost entirely from recycled wood.
The famous Casita Verde bottle house
Our composting toilets
The centre also collects, stores, uses and recycles rainwater, which is harvested on-site. We are 100% self sufficient for electrical energy, with several different solar systems supplying all our daily needs.
Our vegetable gardens
In general we follow a plant-based diet of mostly seasonal food, some of which is grown on the farm using permaculture principles. We also buy-in extra supplies, which are sourced locally from sustainable producers in Ibiza.
The Casita Verde concept is now expanding, with a new centre open in Granada, southern Spain, where we offer volunteering experiences, and more centres planned for the near future.