Casa Cem, advantageously perched at the corner of Chapultepec and Guadalupe Zuno, has been a seminal force for environmental protection in Guadalajara for over a decade.
And in 2018, this brainchild of Sofia Chavez, a local woman so frustrated with the lack of recycling facilities that she created one herself, continues to move forward. Casa Cem, housed in a white, two-story, converted home, is aided by public institutions (which have included the U.S. Consulate) and dozens of Mexican and international volunteers.
It offers activities focused on many fronts, such as recycling, of course, as well as education and helping small producers of novel products.
The latter goal comes center stage on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons as Casa Cem takes advantage of its proximity to the bustle and charm of Avenida Chapultepec to present, behind its white walls festooned with colorful wildlife images, a series of “bazares eco-sustentables” (eco-sustainable bazaars).
The bazaars have been held every Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. for several months and are expanding to most Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“In 2018, we hope to hold the Sunday bazaars every Sunday,” said Casa Cem staffer Edith Román. “They take advantage of the flow of people at the Via Recreativa.” The bazaars also coincide with the center’s limited public recycling schedule. (Recycling is also done Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)