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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.

[Read: Fast Fashion: Shedding Light on The Dark Side of Fashion]

How can contribute to reducing this mindless cycle of consumption, which is fueled by a culture created by fast fashion?

Quote Viv WestwoodLocal, fair trade, and sustainable fashion brands are emerging on the scene waving bright and colorful flags with pride. Some of these brands use natural fibres, or natural dyes, or exist to preserve handicraft traditions passed on from one generation to another. Others make the most of upcycled materials or pieces, and support the livelihood of a community. Though it may be what is “trendy” right now, we trust that this emphasis on quality, sustainability and handicraft preservation is one thing that consumers will care to keep demanding for.

Here are some brands you can check out at MUNI Market 2017:

Check out these brands and other healthy, local or eco-friendly food, home and lifestyle products at MUNI Market 2017 on April 8-9, 11AM-9PM at Capital Commons Park in Pasig.

But going just beyond consumption of products, more essential to an eco-ethical closet is the consumption of knowledge and stories from advocates of this way of living at the MUNI Meetup on Reimagining Local Fashion as part of the learning events at MUNI Market 2017.

Understanding The Impact of What We Buy (or Don’t Buy)

“Sustaining and promoting our intangible heritage is important because it is the root of our being, we cannot ‘create’ without this integral part of ourselves,” shared Charisse Aquino-Tugade of Manila Collectible.

Tal De Guzman of Risque Designs also says, “I know we are coming to a world that is more globalized, more lines are being dissolved, hence our identity as a people must be stronger. We must be able to move with the times and innovate our products to compete with the global market, without forgetting our roots. Tell stories. Tell people about other brands. Support others rather than pulling them down. The entrepreneurial and fashion worlds are not that big, we should do our best to help each other.”

When we really care to understand the products we buy and how they’re made, we buy less, because we buy better quality products, and make them last.

“Repair something rather than buying new, buy something second hand, or go without a new pair of shoes if you really don’t need them. Anyone can take a step like this regardless of their personal style or budget!” shares Hannah Theisen of Fashion Revolution and A Beautiful Refuge.

17499601_10212984126063869_985231235_o.jpg“Fashion is such a fast moving industry, where trends and styles are within arm’s reach. However, we do not realize the impact of fast fashion and how this is something we can control ourselves. We can easily do this by being more aware of what we purchase: what material it’s made of, where it’s from, how it’s made,” adds Kylie Misa, co-founder of WVN Home Textiles, and moderator of the MUNI Meetup on Reimagining Local Fashion on April 8, 11am-12:30pm at MUNI Market 2017.

Register for a slot of the meetup here.


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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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fEver 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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Founder’s Diary: Sharing the MUNI Story So Far

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[This is a series of articles on reflections & ruminations on striving for mindfulness as a founder / entrepreneur.]

For the first time in a while, I shared the MUNI story to an audience at the MUNI Meetup MNL: Kickoff 2017 at Poblacion last February 4.

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Unbeknownst to many, even to merchants who have been joining our MUNI Market since 2014, MUNI really began earlier, in 2012, as an outlet for an advocacy: to empower people to make more conscious, impactful choices with how they shop, eat and live day-to-day. And so, allow me to share, similarly to how I did during the meetup, about the story of MUNI so far. (more…)

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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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Cut The Crap with The Plastic Solution’s #StuffItChallenge

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We’ve always wanted to promote simple yet significant ways individuals can contribute to improving their communities and the planet. And when we found out about The Plastic Solution, we immediately knew it was an initiative we’d want to support.

Even though our levels of knowledge may be different, we all know that plastic contributes to waste, which is also why we make a case for reusable bottles, and a case against disposable straws, chopsticks (though this is wood, it still feeds disposable culture), and irresponsible cigarette butt litter.

There are hardly any innovations in plastic so far the make it completely recyclable and unharmful to the environment. And even then, what are we to do with all the unrecyclable plastic that’s already out there? (more…)