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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 Consumerism won’t save the world — not alone

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A while back, a post entitled “Conscious consumerism is a lie. Here’s a better way to help save the world,” was circulating the internet, catching the attention of some friends and colleagues.

Naturally, as someone who touts “conscious consumption” or “responsible consumption” (so actively that I started to build the MUNI community around the idea), I was tagged by several friends who shared the post, curious as to what I had to say, given that it challenged a cause that I championed (and simultaneously challenged as well) since 2012.

The article touches on these salient points: (more…)

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MUNI Meetup: Zero Waste Ways at Home and in Travel on Sept. 30 at Batala Bar

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As a result of MUNI Community interest in Zero Waste Living, coming from our first meetup on the topic at the MUNI Market last April, to our second one last July, and the desire to discover more practical, actionable ways to live with less waste…we bring you this upcoming meetup!

Join us on September 30 at Batala Bar (see photos below), as we bring you a back-to-back series of MUNI Meetups to talk trash and cut the crap!

We’ll be sharing practical solutions to reduce waste at home (from cleaning to composting), and outside of the home – when you travel. 🙂 (more…)

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How To Create a Waste-free Travel Experience

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Our impact as travelers begins before we set foot in a destination, and well after we have left it.

Zero Waste Ways in Travel + Impacts of Plastic Pollution

When travelers think of Responsible Travel or “Sustainable Tourism”, we try to look for experiences, operators or accommodations that have sustainable practices, support local communities, conserve environments, protect wildlife, etc. One of the visible issues every tourism stakeholder (whether traveler, tour operator, accommodation or destination) can relate to is plastic waste. (more…)

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The Cost of Convenience vs. Zero Waste Living

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#MUNIonThis: Do we really need everything we “need”? This is a question we asked attendees at the MUNI Meetup on Zero Waste Living last July 1 at ROOTS Katipunan, with our guest moderators Gela Petines of Reef Nomads, Bea Crisostomo of Ritual, Raki Talan of Sinaya Cup, and Hannah & Adrian of Tinkerknot.

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With all the media and advertising using emotions to encourage us to buy stuff because they can make us feel happier, more desirable, and more fulfilled, we need more mindfulness and discernment to figure out what society wants us to want vs. what we actually value and what truly brings us closer to our ideal world.

At the MUNI Meetup, we also aimed to specifically spark a discussion on the impact of single-use plastic, how much we really “need” it, and what we can do to change that perception and the unconscious behavior that comes with it. (more…)

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The Psychology of Creating A Waste-Free World

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#MUNIonThis: Not everyone has a fiery zeal to protect the planet, and environmentalists can often be met with strange stares by their peers.

Many people can’t quite imagine having to bring around reusable receptacles and containers whenever they step out of the house. They can’t imagine never buy new clothes or gadgets again, etc. And now, they just don’t have enough time to DIY everything or enough money to bulk buy everything.

Some planet crusaders can take things to an extreme that other people find hard relating to. So how can we make this matter to people so that they care and act accordingly? (more…)