Imagine a business that functions more like an ecosystem
Imagine a business model that delivers products based only on the optimal usage of locally available resources that can endlessly be re-grown, re-cycled or re-used...
Imagine having lots of small production units driven by and improving the local context, but under a global knowledge network…
Glocal is an experimental project to explore producing cleaning products using local materials and local manufacturing methods.
Local production, with local renewable resources, for local consumption, combined with the power of global R&D and open innovation can strengthen local economies, create local jobs, protect local ecosystems, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The end goal is to find a commercially viable way of doing this. We want to develop the ultimate business model for sustainabillity: facilitating global knowledge exchange across the emerging regional bio-economies.
We know that changes in technology and resource prices are challenging the globalised production of products and services.
The question is at what point will it make sense to manufacture more things locally and what should those things be? It is very hard to predict so instead Glocal will pilot this approach so that we can continually learn rather than try and predict.
We are running Glocal in Mallorca
Because it is very easy to clearly define what we mean by local (it is an island), it has abundant natural resources (both renewable energy potential and biological waste streams from agriculture e.g. citrus and olives) and it uses a lot of cleaning materials (a massive tourism industry that brings 16 million visitors a year to the island).
Currently Mallorca imports much of what is needed to support its tourism industry and the environmental and social consequences are becoming more and more obvious. There is a clear need for local solutions that don't compromise the natural environment - one of the main reasons people visit the island.