Product Social Footprint, a brand new certification of quality for ethical entrepreneurs and businesses

Today I was invited to attend the web presentation (in Italian) of a brand new quality assessment for the products we buy. Some of you may be familiar with the expression “environmental footprint”, which is often calculated in terms of CO2 emissions related to the production and/or consumption of a product.

The new certification complements the environmental footprint certificate by shifting the focus to other critical factors determining the value of a product, i.e. demographics and living conditions of the people who work for the company, which produce the product we buy.

The Social Footprint label was officially launched in Italy at the end of April 2015. Here’s how its design should look like.

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I’ll let you know what I’ll learn in the seminar. Follow me on the social media channel to stay updated.

Have a great day,

GA

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Algae, the sustainable superfood

Hi folks,

I tried algae for the first time – except for kombu algae and similar, which I used to eat while living in Japan. I tried organic algae hand-harvested on the West coast of Irland – so they write on the label.

Are you wondering about the taste? It is… ehm… peculiar. I didn’t dislike it though. In my opinion, the taste resembled much that of seafood – seafood towards the harbour O.0

It all comes down on how you combine them – see below under “How do I eat algae”.

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Image courtesy of ALGA-NET

Why shall I eat algae?

Because they are a kind of food as for now produced in an ultra sustainable way and they are super nutritious. For example, 100g of algae contains on avarage 200% of the RDA of Vitamin B12, 480% of the RDA of calcium and 241% of RDA of magnesium. In fact, they are a superfood. And if you are a real Green Addict like me, you’d like to think of where your food comes from and you’d strive to eat as local as possible. Contrary to many superfoods praised by numerous health coaches, this superfood is currently available in Europe, so it does not have to travel long before hitting your table.

How do I eat algae?

Put it on the top of your soup or in the salad, instead of croutons. They are dried and crunchy, which makes it a nice texture contrast. Try it on fresh peas homemade soup… it blends in the flavor very well!

Good luck with your experiments in the kitchen,

GA

PS: I bought wild organic algae called “Atlantic Carragheen”, or “Chondrus Crispus”. I found them at the bio supermarket NaturaSì.

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OMG So much plastic! How to avoid packaging excess

During my time living in Copenhagen I was a member of an organic local veggie association. Every week I used to go pick up my “dose” of vegetables taking with me a canvas bag, filling it up with potatoes, tomatoes, onions, garlic, salad, beetroots – and again a lot of potatoes, beetroots, potatoes, beetroots, potatoes, beetroots… well, that’s what they eat over there :).

Although we are not lacking similar veggie group purchasing in Italy (es. Cortilia in Milan), I didn’t get the chance to become a member of any of those yet. But I think today I will take action against it, as I was completely shocked at seeing the enormous amount of plastic is used in packaging in supermarkets. I mean, I knew it before… but today I looked down to the cart and…

It kind of hurt my eyes…

And my heart. Think about how much petroleum, processing energy, CO2 emissions, transportation costs, toxins and mould on our food we can save, just by avoiding packaged fruits & vegetables.

Next time you are at the grocery store… Think about this post. Let’s make a change together!

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“Sorry if we used plastic for packaging, but please do recycle it” – What?! Are you kidding me? Of course I will recycle it.

That’s the least I could do, but you, dear producer, should just stop filling up my house, my fridge and my cabinets of it. You and I, we both deserve to nurture ourselves – and leave on a cleaner, healthier Planet.

Cheap and natural beauty

As I finished my blush that I had bought on Ecocose almost one year ago, I googled “discount natural blush” to see if I could hit any offer in Denmark, oh beloved expensive country. Everyday is a new learning, I came across this incredibly easy recipe to make homemade blush myself. The only ingredients you need are:

Corn starch

Beet root powder

Picture from A Blossoming Life.com

Picture from A Blossoming Life.com

Which country better than Denmark offers a variety of beetroots? Instead of buying the beet root powder, I thought I could do it myself. Digging a bit into it, I found this other blog with indications for DIY beet root powder. I just got red beets in my weekly organic veggie bag from KBHFF this week… now I know how to color up this rainy weekend!

Picture from Yumuniverse.com

Picture from Yumuniverse.com

UnderWear & Wine | Event invitation

Vi mødtes gennem ruden-event

Tomorrow I’m hosting this event! Come and enjoy

Classical music

A glass of good organic wine

Underwear collection display

A cozy cafè space run by a collective of artists

A live ballet dancing performance

Free entré

Let’s celebrate the Danish debut of INDIVIDUALS!
The designer brand is making his way from Milan to Copenhagen, stopping by Vi mødtes gennem ruden Kaffebar. Enjoy a glass of øko wine while assisting at live ballet dance performance.
Shop unique pieces of sustainable UnderWear, Culottes, Bodystockings, Leggings and Vests. INDIVIDUALS Pop-up shop is opened from 3 pm.

Step into the Mood!
http://www.pinterest.com/ecosfl/underwear-wine-event/

About the brand
INDIVIDUALS is a beachwear and underwear visionary brand. Designed, handcut and sewed in Italy. Loved worldwide. http://1000individuals.tumblr.com/

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Dining with Høkasse, the taste of slowcooking

A few days ago we organized a dinner with friends to try out Høkasse, the slowcooking appliance that doesn’t require energy at all while cooking. Slowcooking is a well-known cooking technique to chefs and gourmands, yet not commonly used by regular people. With our rushy lifestyle, how on earth can we have time to slowcook for 5-6 hours?? Surprisingly enough, it’s pretty quick to cook with the Høkasse… actually I think it’s quicker than regular cooking on the stove!

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My friend V. and I decided to do our first experimento on a Sunday. In the morning we went to have breakfast together and grocery shopping. We got home aroud midday and we cut vegetables and prepared the meat for the Ossobuco recipe. We put the pot with meat and vegetables on the cookstove for only 10 minutes, unitl well heated up. Then we put it straight into the Høkasse, closed the lid and… Forgot about it! 🙂 We enjoyed our free time for the rest of the day until we enjoyed our delightful slowcooked meal in the evening!

You have to try out the experience yourself! You’ll be surprised by the lovely newly harvested taste of vegetables, meat and potatoes when cooked in the Høkasse

 

Oikos Swap Style, the sustainable fashion event

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I’m a swap market fan and here is why:

– You can find crazy things for free that seem to be made only for you (like the Italy T-shirt I’m wearing in the picture)

– You get to try different style of clothes you would have never bought otherwise

– You live the thrill of the treasure hunting… and it’s a lot of fun!

Watch the video

As part of my volunteering activities at oikos Copenhagen*, together with the EventLab team, I organized an event to raise awareness about sustainable fashion consumption. As our guest speakers, we had the pleasure to host Sarah Netter, CBS researcher at Minstra Future of Fashion, and Johanna Topoocoo, project manager at Danish Fashion Institute (DAFI). Following the learning through experience format, part of the event was a real swap market, where people could trade used clothes and accessories in good conditions for free.

My friend Julie Sunflower joined the event and she realized this footage for her videoblog. She got very nice stuff from the swap… I just realized I was too busy with my PR activities :D! Follow Julie on Instagram!

Thank you for sharing!

Stills from the video

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*WHAT IS OIKOS
oikos is a non-profit student organization, which brings together university students living in Copenhagen interested in environmental, social and financial sustainability and responsible business.  Their main tool for increasing awareness about sustainability issues
is organizing and hosting events. oikos-copenhagen.org.

That shirt is mine! – The good and the bad of swap markets (Byttemarked in Copenhagen)

Just got back home from my first swap market ever – called Byttemarked in Danish, whereas Loppemarked is translation for flea market. I was there with another eco-blogger friend of mine. It’s very nice going to this sort of places with a friend, as she can tell you straight away the “leave-it”or “take-it” word. We have different styles and fashion preferences, so it was perfect as long as we were looking for different stuff. But at some point we came across a famous eco-fashion brand T-shirt (A Question Of).

There the fight began.

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Finally I got it :). Together with a few other nice clothes and accessories.

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I have a rule though. Think three times before taking something home, even if it’s for free. Plus, think again two times after you’ve tried it on. Or you’ll end up with a lot of clothes in your wardrobe you don’t really want to wear. If eventually this happens, you know what you have to do…

Just swap!

 

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Sustainable fashion is all about your mood

Wearing my aunt’s blouse handmade by my granny.

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Samsung vs Iphone, which smartphone performs better? A third player comes in…

In the everlasting battle between Iphone and Samsung – and all the other big names of electronics market – here comes an alternative solution named Fairphone.

It’s for people who want their smartphone to be:
• performing

• durable

• slim and light

• not too expensive

• and… made with conflict-free metals

A couple of words about Fairphone

Fairphone is different: it is a new smartphone that performs well and – at the same time – it has fair price and an ethical prodcution. Fairphone is an icon of the new way of doing business and making products, that puts value of people first – and minimizing environmental impact.

In the long term, our ultimate goal is a completely recyclable phone made from human and environmentally-friendly materials, free from plastics and toxins.

The start-up is born in Amsterdam three years ago, initially as a simple non-profit organization to raise awareness towards a more aware consumer electronics. The turnover rate of mobile phones in Europe is very high, especially in Italy, where there are more mobile phones than inhabitants.

The founder Bas Van Abel works with a group of nine people. He is passionate about open design and social innovation and managed to get the support of an investor. The supporting incubator was Waag, a creative hub for cleantech startups. Thanks to that, they were able to produce the first batch of 20.000 phones, that will be delivered in Autumn.

If you want to get one, you have to pre-order it online.

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Why I’m buying it

For the second time in the last few months, it happened I dropped my phone to the ground and instantly killed it :).

The reason for which I break up with my beloved smartphones is more or less always the same. I really love the touch screen technology, but it’s SOOO delicate, and once it’s gone the whole phone it’s gone forever (or repairing it is extremely expensive, depending on the height of the fall..)

This time, when I had to buy a new smartphone, I actually gave long thoughts to Blackberry, for the only reason it has a keyboard, so it should work even if the screen breaks. Blackberry is not my style and I won’t feel comfortable using it, though.

Then I read on the Fairphone Logbook of Changes

1/July:

We have decided to go for increased mechanical reliability. By separating the Dragontrail tempered glass (top layer) from the glass on the touch panel (bottom layer), the likelihood that the glass will break is minimal. And if it does, you’ll still be able to use your touch panel. As a consequence, the phone will be 5 grams heavier and 0.2 mm (this is only one fifth of a milimeter) thicker.

Ok, I’ll definitely take it. And I can’t wait for delivery!