The EcoService Foundation was founding in November of 1990 as Hungaryâ€™s first ever eco-consulting office. The foundationâ€™s primary tasks include environmental counseling and education. The organization also sells environmentally friendly products.
Recently, the EcoService Foundation began an Eco-Household Training initiative. This initiative includes a series of workshops aimed at helping urban Hungarians learn to make their households greener. The workshops are typically six weeks long and include topics such as: avoiding, reusing, and reducing waste; energy saving; and environmentally friendly cleaning, beauty products, food, drinking water, and prevention and healing. These workshops are interactive and attempt to package information so that people do not have to spend large amounts of time researching environmental friendliness on their own. Trainings cover both theoretical and practical elements. The inclusion of practical training makes the workshops extremely user-friendly because participants find them more interesting and are more encouraged to be involved.
These trainings were first held in Budapest in 2011 and have been held at least semi-annually since. They primarily consist of presentations by experts with an opportunity for participants to ask questions. The Eco-Household Training is a very simple, yet effective and easily adaptable model.
The Eco-Household Training initiativeâ€™s principal purpose is to help average people make their homes more eco-friendly. As a result, the foundation also hopes to help the green economy grow and promote interest in environment issues, green NGOs, and green parties. In the future, the foundation would like to bring similar trainings to rural areas and hopes that foreign NGOs or governments can adapt the model to promote eco-friendliness in their own countries.