Cargonomia is the formalisation of pre-existing cooperation between three socially and environmentally conscious small enterprises operating in or near Budapest. Partners within the project include Cyclonomia Do it Yourself Bicycle Social Cooperative, Zsamboki Biokert, an organic vegetable farm and sustainable agriculture community education center which distributes weekly vegetable boxes to food communities in Budapest, and Kantaa, a self organized bike messenger and delivery company.
Cargonomia is the crossover point between the activities of the partners involved in the project (sustainable food production, promotion of low carbon transport solutions, bicycle competency advocacy) and aims to serve as a hub in the city center which can combine the complementary skills of each partner and their existing networks to have greater benefit within the community. Based on the principles of sustainability and fair trade, a primary goal is to increase access to locally produced products by promoting direct trade from local producers to consumer communities who are seeking healthy and environmentally conscious food options. Through the cooperation food products will be distributed to customer-partners throughout the city using locally manufactured cargo bikes.
In addition to the direct marketing of local food products, Cargonomia is also a logistics center for sustainable urban transport solutions where community members can borrow, rent and buy our locally manufactured cargobikes. We are also an open space for community activities which focus on sustainable transitions, conviviality and Degrowth. We host DiY and self-sufficiency building workshops, discussions and also cultural events which seek to implement synergies between new and existing social and environmental outreach projects.
Cargonomia and its partner’s activities aim to display how environmentally friendly and equity based partnerships can create sustainable and meaningful community empowerment opportunities which offer concrete alternatives to standard profit-driven social and economic systems.
Adrien, Flora, Levi, Logan, Orsi, Vincent for Cargonomia team