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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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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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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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Finding & Sharing Your Authentic Story: August 2016 Meetup Recap

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“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking back.”
– Steve Jobs

Oftentimes, our stories aren’t so clear to us from the get-go, until we go out there and actually start doing stuff. It’s then that we can really see what patterns unfolded in our lives, what monumental shifts happened, how we changed and grew, and what new chapters we now want to write moving forward.


It’s all about creating connection. It allows us to better understand our own journey, while helping others join our journey too.

Realizing your story also helps you solidify your own purpose and motivation while simultaneously drawing in the right kind of people who will support you in your endeavor, whether as your team, collaborators, or customers.

But how do we really find this story that we wish to share? What is the best way to tell it? And how do we get the right people to listen and be moved to action? This is what we wanted to dive into at the MUNI Meetup on Storytelling last August 3, 2016.


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#IEDPassionPitch: Why Should We Care About What You Care About?

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#MUNIonThis: To turn passion into action, you need to be able to share it with others, affect them by letting them know why they should give a **** about this thing that you feel so fired up about.

And this coming July 30, Ayala Museum and MUNI bring you an opportunity to fuel your passion & move the world on Ayala Museum’s biggest stage this year!