What do we really need? A sip of water, a bite of bread, a loving hug, secure milieu, freedom...the way we satisfy our needs effects our natural and social environment

The exhibition is an exploration. While visitors have take a look at the world they also glimpse at themselves in the mirror. What are my basic needs? How can I satisfy them without jeopardising human rights and the survival of the planet?

We are looking for additional exhibition venues in Europe. The exhibtion needs a light 300m² space with good acoustics, easy reach, suitable heating possibilities in wintertime. We are looking forward the application of every open and committed organisation and companies.

For more information please call: Gergely Hankó
Mobile: +36 70 249 6113,
E-mail: gergelyatokopack.hu


The Mirror to the World exhibition first opened its gates in 2008 in one of the well-known exhibition halls in Budapest. At the same time the related game collection was also debuted. Among others we talked about global challenges, basic human needs, social responsibility and environmental protection. Our main target groups are 10-18 age old children, university students and adults. Our guided tours take 1-1,5 hours with each group which provides a good opportunity to discuss sustainable development and human needs.
The exhibition is an exploration. While visitors take a look at the world they also glimpse at themselves in the mirror. What are my basic needs? How can I satisfy them without jeopardising human rights and the survival of the planet? The Mirror to the World is a colourful, maze-like vision with many installations and games. Its aim is to explore the paths of sustainable development.

From 2008 till now, we have accomplished 13 very succesful exhibitions around Hungary and in Brussels. The main organiser is ECO-Pack Non-profit Ltd., a company which is specialized in awareness raising projects to change the ecological mindset.


Our main question is: What do we (as a human-being) really need and how does it affect the environment?

To answer the above mentioned hot issue 10 exciting thematic rooms were designed and created based on the philosopy of the Chilean economist, Manfred Max-Neef. Every room has its name: Knowledge, Survival, Choice, Creation, Identity, Relaxation, Security, Love, Dream, Participation. The exhibition is built on recycled cardboard walls and postaments. With mobile elements and local attributes the room is divided into 10+1 main units. In every unit the visitor can find installations, pictures and games.

Visitors get acquinted with various environmently conscious behaviour such as composting, conscious shopping, ecological footprint, recycling, green marketing and they choose which way to follow towards the protection of their environment.

The exhibition is a professional, educational material with a main message about our unsustainable consumption and way of life. We need to find an alternative method of satisfying our needs without unreasonable consumption. It is obvious that we have to create a real well-being that respects the ecological stocks of Earth.

It’s a touring exhibition, please contact us if you would like to invite us. Required space is about 200-300 m2.

Educational materials are also published, and our film can be watched and downloaded or ordered here:


The narrator of the movie is Mr. Gábor Vida, academician

„When I was a small child I used to wander in forests and fields but I did not find any waste. Waste was an unknown expression. We could hardly even find newaspaper that had gone away with the wind. Plastic did not exist and paper was extremely expensive. Therefore, everybody cared for it. Since nowadays fossil fuels are abundant we get most of our goods made of or packed in plastic. A new „culture” has been developed...environmental pollution. I can only suggest to check carefully what we buy, where it comes from. From all of these the most important is to think over carefully whether we really need that product?   

Besides the exhibition we complement our activity with conference and workshop organising. Order forms can be downloaded from our homepage.

People contributed to the exhibition with their expertise and enthusiasm: Karl Brandner, Boglárka Dani, Gitta Dani, Édua Dobos, Tomi Erdélyi, Bori Fenyvesi, Heni Fiáth, György Folk, Luca Jeli, Ágnes Kökényesi, Kudász Gábor Arion, Laufer Ferenc, Laufer Tamás, Megyeri András (Laluz), Orosz Ricsi (1000%), Andi Pais, Kata Piroch Wanda Reich, Maxim Sas, Ricsi Sas, Szabó Eszter Ágnes (Hints), Gergely Szuhay, Milán Vácz, Dani Váczi, Virágh András (Kronio Tsg.), Nelli Virágh, Vörös Jutka