5 YEARS OF COMMITMENT TO PEOPLE AND THE PLANET

Posted By: Anna Garcia Anguela

This 2020 is a very important year for CitySens; we celebrate 5 years of existence! Just a few companies survive the first year and we have done it in difficult times. We are grateful for that. Our secret: to work concerted with you, our community, with honesty, transparency, always offering quality and good service.

In our opinion, a good product must always be accompanied by values: social responsibility, environmental sustainability and promotion of the EU economy. These factors differentiate CitySens products from others.

Throughout these 5 years, our commitment has been to give back to society a part of what each of you is giving us. For this reason, we feel responsible for taking care of the planet, helping those who need it most, supporting sociocultural development and educating in values.

Sustainable and high-quality materials

At CitySens we searched for the most suitable materials for our products from the beginning. Currently, we only use 100% recycled and recyclable polypropylene as it is a durable material, resistant to sunlight and water. Moreover, polypropylene can be recycled a lot of times. Thus, we promote the circular economy and reduce the consumption of natural resources.

The wood of our plant shelves is high-quality beech from sustainable forestry with the PEFC sustainable seal. This material comes from sustainable logging and its production has an overall positive environmental impact.

We also work to reduce, reuse and recycle the maximum of our materials. Below you can see packaging examples.

Our next goal is to offer a recycling service especially for CitySens products.

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social and sustainable gift

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Social responsibility

Did you know that only half of people with basic activity difficulty have a decent job in Europe?

At CitySens we believe in equal opportunities. For this reason, we are contributing to ensure that they all have access to decent employment — a motivating job opportunity in an environment adapted to their needs.

All our products are manufactured in collaboration with the Santa Teresa Foundation and the Pere Mata Foundation occupational centre (Tarragona, Spain), where a team of people with functional diversity assemble and pack the CitySens products.

Manel, Montse, Toni, Judith and Antonio are part of the team. They devote all their joy and professionalism to it, receiving important support for their social and work development. Supporting the work of the Santa Teresa foundation and Pere Mata foundation is fundamental for us. When you choose to buy a CitySens product, you are also promoting the social inclusion of people with functional diversity.

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example of social gift

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Team

CitySens is the sum of all the people who form the team. Anna, Gabriela, Melissa, Arnau, Xavi, Francisco and Xavier are part of the CitySens team. We believe in gender equality and equal opportunities. Together we fight to make the world a better place for future generations.

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Network and collaborations

In these 5 years we have established great business partnerships, which are still one of our greatest strengths today.

We must thank Tarragona Impulsa, Acció and Netmentora for their support in the development and growth of the project.

The vertical planter and plant shelf would not exist today without the support of nearly 400 patrons who choose a CitySens product. They were the first to enjoy our products in their homes and workplaces.

Social networks have brought us closer to many people with whom we share philosophy and lifestyle. A relationship based on uniting knowledge and values, helping each other and creating a community of which we are very proud to be a part of.

We are pleased to be part of a community with which we share values and future projects.

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CitySens team

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Academics and talent promotion

Since its foundation, CitySens has participated in courses, conferences and forums and has shared its knowledge about innovation and entrepreneurship with students and colleagues in the sector. We are very happy to participate in the training of future leaders and being an example and inspiration for future entrepreneurs.

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Km 0

The vast majority of our plants are grown locally. You will distinguish them by the km 0 symbol. We collaborate with nurseries in Tarragona (Spain), where the plants are regionally cultivated. This allows us to go to the nurseries each week to choose the best plants one by one, which we send directly to your home, without going through cold rooms or trucks. High quality plants from the nursery to your home: you will notice the difference — and you will also support local gardeners!

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Our providers

We work with people who share our values, who meet our standards and who help us to improve every day. We have a close relationship with them. We work together to improve quality and to lower the environmental impact of our products.

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CitySens plant support

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Packaging

Throughout our history, we have redesigned our packaging to reduce our environmental impact. Nowadays, CitySens boxes are manufactured in Spain entirely with recycled and recyclable cardboard.

Pursuing our commitment to eliminate single-use plastics, we have recently replaced plastic bags and plastic tape with paper bags and recycled paper tape.

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Transport

The vertical planters, plant shelves and wall planter are manufactured in Alicante (Spain). From where they are transported to the foundations Santa Teresa and Pere Mata (Tarragona, Spain) for assembly and packaging. We only buy from international suppliers the components that we cannot find locally, such as timers or water pumps. In addition, we group all orders to minimize the impact of transportation due to our products. The final delivery to your home is carried out by express delivery companies.

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sustainable packaging

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Green energy

We receive all the electrical energy from an ecological supply company, Som Energia. It is a non-profit cooperative for the production and consumption of renewable energies.

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Ethical banking

Responsible and ethical consumption should not only be considered when buying food, clothing or other material consumer goods. Ethical consumption must also apply to our day-to-day products. For this reason, CitySens decided to work with the Triodos Bank, which contributes to the positive development of society and the preservation of the environment through sustainable financial products, the responsible and ethical use of money and its investment channels.

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Transparency and impact

We transparently share the origin of the materials, the manufacturing process, packaging and their final distribution. Transparency helps each of us to make conscious purchasing decisions aligned with our values. In addition, transparency helps us to connect with the true story behind each product and how it was made.

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company example of transparency and social impact

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TOGETHER WE CAN DO BETTER. LET'S KEEP WORKING FOR IT!

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