Centre for Alternative Technology

Centre for Alternative Technology

CAT’s mission is to inspire, inform and enable people to take practical action for sustainability in their homes, workplaces and communities. We are a visitor's centre, with interactive displays and vegan/ vegetarian cafe, and an education centre running short courses and a graduate degree programme.

Business addresses

  • Pantperthog SY20 9AZ Machynlleth

Take a look at what this business is doing to cut carbon, reduce waste and help the environment.  It's not an exact science but we hope you will find it useful. 
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  • Yes
  • We're working on it


We’d love our businesses to run on 100% renewable energy.

  • 100% renewable supply


Check out the greenest way to get to this business and how they're working to get their products to you in the greenest possible way.

  • Carbon offset deliveries
  • Easy to get to business by public transport
  • Low carbon deliveries
  • Bicycle parking onsite

Ingredients and materials

We ask our businesses to adhere to the Blue Patch criteria which outlines traceability and ethical sourcing. Please contact the business concerned if you have any specific enquiries.

  • Product traceability
  • Restored, repaired, recycled, upcycled
  • Organic
  • Fair trade
  • Locally grown
  • Palm oil free
  • Community based sourcing
  • Sustainable timber
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian


Help reduce landfill and reduce dependance on virgin packaging materials.

  • 100% Recycled packaging
  • 100% Biodegradable packaging
  • Packaging sized appropriately to minimise waste

The work environment

Here are some initiatives taken by Blue Patch businesses to reduce the amount of energy consumed.

  • Workplace energy procedures (eg switching off PCs and lights)
  • LED lighting
  • Controlled heating and ventilation
  • Insulated workspace

Centre for Alternative Technology

Centre for Alternative Technology

Take a glide over Wales - the home of the Centre for Alternative Technology. Check out our courses and come and see for yourself

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Our online eco shop (we also exist in real life!) has many ideas for holiday gifts: https://store.cat.org.uk/
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