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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


#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.

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.

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

A Hatha Yoga session by Oms Giving helped guests center themselves
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.
Ryan Aguas of Bahay Kubo Organics shared the importance of Urban Farming and how to create your own aquaponics setup.
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, 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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Conscious Christmas List: 20 Zero Waste Gift Ideas for Every Budget

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Note: This list is a personal list made by the author, and is not a paid post. This does not represent a list vouched for by MUNI in its entirety, and there are many other brands that could also fall within this list but just did not make it to the author’s cut at this time. 

Christmas season usually ushers in chaos, confusion, even more horrendous traffic and panic-buying for those of us who cannot escape the tradition / social norm of gift-giving.

As a result, most people usually wind up giving and receiving more Christmas sweets than we can consume without getting diabetes (also usually painfully over-packaged in layers of foil and cellophane), every kind of hand soap (in various plastic containers), and oftentimes, random other products we don’t really know what to do with and can’t figure out how to politely dispose of (therefore a waste of resources in production and transport, and a pending landfill problem).

While I feel we should spend more time and resources on creating special memories with loved ones vs. filling their lives with more stuff, I recognize that people WILL consume nonetheless. Fortunately, there are products / gift ideas that are actually useful and meaningful.

I’ve made a rundown of Zero Waste Gift Ideas for varying budgets, recipient personas (for the foodies, the style savvy, zero waste explorers, travelers, etc.), and recipient sensibilities to zero waste living (from not so savvy, to those ready take it to the next level).

Read all the way ’til the end for the best (and bonus) ideas, and zero waste factoids! 🙂 (more…)

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MUNI Meetup: Zero Waste Ways in Business on Nov. 11 at BGC

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We had an overwhelming, humbling turnout at the last MUNI Meetup, and we’re all the more encouraged to keep bringing people together to share lessons and insights, and more importantly, support each other as we journey towards an increasingly mindful life and a more sustainable world.

Join us on November 11, 2-6PM at the 2/F Globe Tower in BGC, as we bring you a more interactive MUNI Meetup on Zero Waste Ways in Business, together with Globe myBusiness.

We’re looking for entrepreneurs / business owners, employees in larger corporations, CSR practitioners, sustainability advocates, and engaged citizen-consumers! (more…)

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MUNI Travels to Negros: A mindful travel experience on March 9-14, 2018

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This coming March 9-14, 2018, we are creating a transformative 6D/5N experience in Negros Occidental for a small group of ~8-12 intrepid travelers. Think MUNI Meetup on wheels! Visit places, meet people, learn new things, create meaningful connections. (Read on and apply to join the trip here.)

#MUNIonThis: A large part of living a more mindful, sustainable life is choosing to spend on enriching experiences vs. stuff.

Undoubtedly, travel is a large part of that, especially for our generation where seat sale alerts and travel deals abound, where we have all these guide books or online resources, checklists of sights for Instagram-worthy stories, posts and selfies to show our friends how well-traveled we are and how enviable our lives can be.

How can we change this checklist travel mindset?

While we don’t see travelers necessarily cutting back on their flights, or airlines switching from fossil fuels just yet, we do see that there are opportunities to create a travel experience that positively impacts both the traveler and the locals (human, flora and fauna) alike. (more…)

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6 Zero Waste Travel Tips from an Island Manager and a Solo Female Traveler

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#MUNIonThis: If we are not more mindful, travel can be one of our most environmentally disruptive activities, shared Dave Albao, Executive Director of the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Inc. (PRRCFI), the organization behind the conservation and management of Danjugan Island, during the MUNI Meetup on Zero Waste Ways in Travel last September 30, 2017.

Dave invited us to consider that when we visit another place, we expect entertainment and demand convenience, and in that process, we create shifts in cultural norms and natural landscapes.

However, have you wondered what life (and island “development” and sanitation) was like in Boracay before its nightlife came to be? Or what the feeding and migratory patterns of the butanding (whale sharks) were before people flocked Oslob to see them? (more…)