CAT-Centre for Alternative Technology

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“CAT is an education and visitor centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability. It covers all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing.”

“Located in a disused slate quarry in Wales, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) started as an experimental community working towards self-sufficiency and later became an educational and information resource centre open to the public. Founded by Gerard Morgan-Grenville in 1973, CAT lead by example, promoting a lifestyle away from urban centres and without a dependence on industrial production systems. Initially twenty people lived on site communally with collective decision making. The volunteers worked hard to transform the quarry into a demonstration centre for alternative technologies and ecological lifestyles, setting up a cyclical system where waste from people, animals and crops is recycled using composting toilets and reed beds.”

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