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Reimagining Local Fashion at MUNI Market 2017


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#MUNIonThis: According to the documentary True Cost, the fashion industry is the world’s second-largest polluter — right behind the oil industry, and 25% of chemicals produced worldwide are used for textiles, and the industry is often noted as the 2nd largest polluter of clean water – after agriculture,” according to the Danish Fashion Institute.

Furthermore, according to the EPA, with much credit to fast fashion brands, Americans discard roughly 13 million tons of textiles a year, with only 15% of that reclaimed for recycling. This means that more than 11 million tons of textiles are dumped into landfills across the country each year. Once those textiles are in landfills, they decompose and release methane. Moreover, dyes and other chemicals can leach into the soil, contaminating surface and groundwater, further harming human and wildlife. (more…)

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5 Ways to Go Zero Waste at MUNI Market 2017


#MUNIonThis: A 2015 study in Science journal estimates millions of tons of plastic waste get dumped into our oceans annually, with middle-income nations, including the Philippines, among the top contributors. Furthermore, trash generated by Philippine cities is expected to increase by 165% in 2025.

But by conscious individual action to go “zero waste” in how we consume and dispose of things everyday, and collective action to enact proper solid waste management and waste reduction in our communities, we can change that figure.

[Read: MUNI Market 2017: Beyond Conscious Consumerism]

Here are just some ways we can help get you started with a Zero Waste Lifestyle at the upcoming MUNI Market on April 8-9 at Capitol Commons! (more…)

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Learning Events at MUNI Market 2017 on April 8-9


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Ever since the first MUNI Market in 2014, and even when the idea for the event first came to mind in 2012, it was always the goal to be an enriching experience to learn and network with a diverse, multi-disciplinary community, united by a collective goal to creatively and pro-actively work towards building a healthier, more inclusive, more sustainable world.

For MUNI Market 2017, we’ve worked especially hard to round up a esteemed lineup of speakers and panelists, representing various sectors, industries, and generations, for a series of MUNI Meetups and workshops to spark conversation and action on the following topics:

  • Reimagining Local Fashion (April 8, 11:00AM-12:30PM)
  • Communicating Your Cause (April 8, 1:30-3:00PM)
  • Beating Manila Traffic (April 8, 4:00-5:30PM)
  • Feeding the Food Revolution (April 9, 1:00-2:30PM)
  • Responsible Travel (April 9, 3:30-5:00PM)
  • Zero Waste Living (April 9, 6:00-7:30PM)

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MUNI Market 2017: Beyond Conscious Consumerism


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After a wait of one and a half years, we’re bringing the #MuniMarket back to Manila!

More than an avenue for selling healthy, local and eco-friendly products, we see the MUNI Market as a community event to exchange ideas and support worthwhile endeavors for a healthier, more inclusive, more sustainable world, complete with learning events like MUNI Meetups, hands-on workshops, merchant interviews, and smile-inducing music performances.

Ever since the first MUNI Market in 2014, it was always the goal to create an enriching experience to learn and connect with a diverse, multi-disciplinary community, united by a collective goal to creatively and pro-actively work towards creating more meaningful impact in our communities and the planet.

For MUNI Market 2017, we’ve worked especially hard to round up a esteemed lineup of speakers and panelists, representing various sectors, industries, and generations, for a series of MUNI Meetups and workshops to spark conversation and action on the following topics:

  1. Reimagining Local Fashion (April 8, 11AM-12:30PM)
  2. Communicating Your Cause (April 8, 1:30-3PM)
  3. Beating Manila Traffic (April 8, 4-5:30PM)
  4. Feeding the Food Revolution (April 9, 1-2:30PM)
  5. Responsible Travel (April 9, 3:30-5PM)
  6. Zero Waste Living (April 9, 6-7:30PM)

These MUNI Meetups will be held at the 2nd floor of the Estancia Mall, directly across the Capitol Commons Park where merchants of the MUNI Market 2017 will be showcasing their products.

Find out more about topics, schedules, and speaker lineup here.
Or check out our Facebook album complete with speaker bios here.

Some FREE learning sessions will also take place at the MUNI Market main stage at Capitol Commons Park from 11:30AM-12:30PM on Saturday and Sunday with:

  • Eat Clean, Live Lean Food Demo by Raw Ritual (April 8, 11:30AM-12:30PM)
  • Green Housekeeping Demo by Messy Bessy (April 9, 11:30AM-12:30PM)

We also look forward to reuniting with old friends, our regular merchants and community members, as well as making new ones.

Our list of loyal merchants you can expect at the upcoming market include Nipa Brew, Jertie’s Kitchen, The Superfood Grocer, Theo & Philo, V Kitchen, Kayumanggi Organic, Stanford Shaw, JOOST, Fresh Start Organic,  and Satya Graha Cafe (makers of Seacharon & Chichashroom) for food; The Green House Project, Urban Abode, and Tinkerknot Handmade Design & Supply for home decor and furnishings; Gouache, RuMe, and Risque Designs for shoes and bags; V&M Naturals, Wonder Paws, and Sparrow Fragrance for personal care; Waters Philippines.

At the same time, we’re also excited to have other companies joining our community of mindful merchants: WVN Home Textiles, PIOPIO, Gifts & Graces, Manila Collectible, Wooden Mallet, A Beautiful Refuge, Ritual, Go Zero, Kalakat, Messy Bessy, Cusina, Steep Coffee Bags, Natural Health, and Raw Ritual.

The E-waste project will also be present to set up a booth where you can bring your broken gadgets, or CDs, DVDs, batteries, and other e-waste for proper disposal.

See our Facebook album for MUNI Merchants here.

And last but not least, our MUNI Market wouldn’t be complete live music from a lineup of indie musicians including: We Are Imaginary, A Problem Like Maria, Humanfolk, Zsaris Mendioro, Six The Northstar, Coco Nery, Veronica & I, Mellow Submarine and Paola Mauricio.

We continue to put up the MUNI Market in an effort to showcase cause-driven endeavors, while encouraging other young creatives to pursue mindful initiatives as well. The coming MUNI Market 2017 will mark the 6th one since the first MUNI Market in June 2014.

We’ll be coming out with more details about our participating merchants, program, performers, speakers and more in the coming weeks, so block off the weekend of April 8-9 already and spread the word!

Check out the links and Google form below to see how you can take part in the biggest MUNI event of the year. 🙂

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THRIVE: An Event Series and Festival for Social Good and Sustainability


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Let’s create a happy, healthy, and thriving world.
Join us on October 17 to 25, 2015 for THRIVE.

THRIVE is an event series and festival celebrating creativity, entrepreneurship, and design that’s helping the planet by championing sustainability and social good. It will be a week of learning, networking, and mindful living through talks, workshops, and mixers all around the metro, led by field experts, creatives and advocates.

This first run of THRIVE is a collaboration by Muni PHSerious Studio, A SpaceVivaManilaBambikeRisque DesignsAshoka Philippinesco.labTweetup Manila, Amplify.phRags2RichesNational Bicycle Organization, Global Shapers Manila and more!

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What You Missed: Mindful Choices at the 3rd Muni Market Day


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#MUNIonThis: While healthy, sustainable living still has a long way to go before hitting the mass or mainstream market in the Philippines, we are definitely seeing a growing number of consumers taking interest in, and actively supporting mindful living.

In the brief time since we launched the first Muni Market Day in June 2014, we’ve seen a rise in both the number of consumers and producers / sellers taking an interest in being a part of the community and learning and sharing more about conscious consumption and production at the third Muni Market Day at last March 28, 2015 at Capitol Commons.

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You can join the growing Muni community by signing up for our mailing listliking us on Facebook, joining our Facebook group, and following us on Twitter!

From fresh produce, to healthy ready-to-eat meals and packaged food products, to natural personal, home and pet care, to locally crafted / eco-friendly furniture and home decor, bags, shoes, accessories, to bikes to get around the metro, one might say we’ve got it all for you, but with heart too. The event featured nearly 40 merchants to showcase more mindful options for various aspects of a healthier, happier, more sustainable lifestyle.

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Farm fresh finds from the Good Food Community
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Folks from Jertie’s Kitchen and Fresh Start Organics chatting with visitors about healthy eating
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Healthy cookies and snacks from Leaf Kitchen
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Happy merchant from The Green House Project with her indoor plants and succulents
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Gugu backpacks made with handwoven saluyot from Bicol
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Vesti scarves and shawls made with handwoven Mindanao silk
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Manila Sole casual footwear for him and her with soles from upcycled tires or conveyor belts.
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Accessories and home furnishings made with recycled forest scraps at the Floreia / D+M booth
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All-natural and safe pet care products from Wonderpaws
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Bikes of all kinds from Doppelganger Hub PH

And really more than just an avenue for peddling goods, what we really wish to create is an avenue for learning, idea exchange, and showing guests practical ways by which they could live happier, healthier, and more sustainably. With 6 different workshops including Hatha Yoga by Oms Giving, Urban Farming by Bahay Kubo Organics, Vegan & Gluten-free Cooking by Jertie’s Kitchen, Going Super with Plant-based Nutrition by The Superfood Grocer, and a forum on Women Weaving Change moderated by Muni, the day was definitely jampacked with a lot easy ways to learn and grow more and more into a mindful life.

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A Hatha Yoga session by Oms Giving helped guests center themselves
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Featured guests at the Women Weaving Change forum on Philippine textiles included Celia Elumba, director at the Philippine Textile Research Institute, Martha Rodriguez, designer and owner of Vesti, and Karin Hazelkorn, San Francisco-based textile enthusiast behind Endangered Textiles.
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Ryan Aguas of Bahay Kubo Organics shared the importance of Urban Farming and how to create your own aquaponics setup.
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Carmela and Ralph of The Superfood Grocer with the attendees of their Going Super workshop on fighting disease and living with optimal health with plant-based nutrition

Adding more fun, flavor, and good vibes to the event were live music performances from a whole slew of indie musicians including Slow Hello, Reese & Vica, A Problem Like Maria, LM Cancio, Maya’s Anklet, Jensen Gomez, TheSunManager, Veronica & I, Ton Vergel de Dios, and Benito & Amalia.

These artists’ music is also available for download on Amplify.ph, our music partner for this event. DSC_0639b DSC_0678b

But what truly brings life to this event are the increasing number of consumers who care to learn and grow with us by joining Muni Market Day and our other events, and supporting the merchants who also do their best to create products that are ultimately better for the well-being of people and the planet. DSC_9863bMuni Market DayDSC_9744bMuni Market Day

Given the positive response and encouragement we received from merchants and attendees alike, we aim to continue to find ways to make this event bigger and better, with the support of the community, and fulfilling the dream of making mindful living more and more known and accessible to people across the Philippines and around the world.

View more photos from the event here.

Stay updated on our upcoming events or projects and be part of the growing Muni community by signing up for our mailing listliking us on Facebook, joining our Facebook group, and following us on Twitter!

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MUNI Biyaheng Lokal Quiz Night with Route +63 & Trail Adventours


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#MUNIonThis: When does tourism become destructive to the environment? How can we sustain-ably travel and explore?

Summer Escape Summer has come and its all about taking a splash onto a great adventure in our beautiful tropical landscape. We took the  Biyaheng Lokal Quiz Night contestants dreaming of a summer escape to making it happen. Gathering 55 guests on a Friday night, the event, presented by  MUNI, together with Trail Adventours and Route +63, held on April 11 at 47 East, Katipunan, promoted mindful and responsible travel as the questions ventured into local destinations and landmarks while having fun and meeting new friends along the way.

We had more participants than expected as MUNI, together with Trail Adventours and Route +63, hosted our first ever Biyaheng Lokal Quiz Night! This event, held on April 11, 2014 at 47 East, Katipunan, promoted mindful and responsible travel as the questions ventured into local destinations and landmarks while having fun and meeting new friends along the way.

We mixed things up as participants were grouped together at random in teams of 4-5 ,who then have to give the best answers in four rounds of challenging yet fun trivia questions. The team with the highest scores each round won exciting prizes provided by MUNI and partners. P40,000 worth of prizes  were raffled away in between rounds, such as travel essentials, accessories and gift certificates from our partners: Culture Shock PH, Lagu, Moonleaf Tea ShopRuMe, Brown Belly Tala Luna , Kultura Kamp, Gouacheand Brownman Surf. One lucky guest even won a slot in a 4 day, 3 night Coron-Cuillon tour, courtesy of Kawil Tours!

Mindful Consumption

The environment is affected negatively or positively which each thing we purchase or consume. Knowing this, we can make more responsible actions. During the quiz, participants were able to discover the devastating effects sand erosion from the micro count of one person eroding 3 handfuls of sand per visit to the macro version that equates to truck loads of sand taken away every year at one beach only to know that using anti-sand-erosion towels by Lagu would be a solution.

Purchasing locally made and fair trade wearable goods like shoes from  Tala Luna that are made from our own cultural tribes and fabric capitals help continue the story and tradition of hand looming in the Philippines.

Choosing reusable products to handle your thingamabobs just like the colorful reusable bags from  RuMe and the durable and waterproof waxed bags from Gouache

Mindful Travel

Our friends at  Trail Adventours,  Route +63, Culture Shock PH, and Kultura Kamp believes in the innovation of our country’s tourism industry by getting tourists involved in the communities that they encounter, cultures that they experience, and the landscapes they visit.

As Mark Proust says, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” 

We believe that in discovering the beauty found in our very own land, we also discover a little more about ourselves and our cultural identity. We also believe that the responsible traveler minimizes their impact on the environment as much as possible as they go through this journey of discovery. In doing so, we preserve this for future generations of travelers to come and experience for themselves.

To see the event photos click here.
Event photos by Elaine Tacubanza

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Responsible Travel at the MUNI Market 2017


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#MUNIonThis: There are close to 1 billion international tourists in the first 9 months of 2016 alone and the numbers for the first few months of 2017 posted a sustained growth of 8% for Asia and the Pacific. In the Philippines, over 600,000 international arrivals have been recorded for January – a 16% increase from January 2016.

That is 600,000 more people exploring the Philippines just for the first month of the year; fueling the economy, using up resources, taking up space, interacting with locals, and generally leaving their mark (visible or not) in the country.

And we don’t even have numbers for domestic travellers, yet.

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Beating Manila Traffic at MUNI Market 2017


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#MUNIonThis: On the average, a commuter in Metro Manila spends 1,000 hours each year on the road. Commuters in well-planned cities in other parts of the world, however, spend only about 300 hours per year. It means Manila commuters are forced to waste 700 hours—or almost a month—in vehicles trapped on congested roads.

More so, results of a study conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency reveal that the Philippines would lose Php 6 billion daily due to traffic by 2030. That’s a lot of money that could already fund social services like hospital care, additional classrooms, and wage increase. (more…)