Armonia at Castello Belgiogioso, a slow fair to take care of your health, spirit and inner beauty

Holidays! While the majority of us Italians are spending the first long weekend of summer at the seaside, I decided to go relaxing at the Armonia Festival hosted by the beautiful Castle of Belgioioso, not so far from Milan.

There I lost myself into the harmonious vibe coming from all over the places, dancers, musicians, qi-gong, masseurs, and…

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A mind-blowing approach to healthy and natural sleeping… Check out Pedano, true excellence for your back, body and rest.

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Walter and his didgeridoo, music for the soul from the traditions of Australia.

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My eco-friendly outfit today is made of second hand clothing, social impact necklace Bead for Life (which I told you about a few days ago here), handmade hay wallet – a souvenir from my spiritual trip to Thailand and my fave healthiest shoes ever Vivobarefoot.

Until next time,

Take care 🙂

GA

Monza Sustainability, Green Lifestyle and Young Entrepreneurs Community on MeetUp

I’m so excited to announce I have opened my first MeetUp group as a facilitator of a local green lifestyle community. I live in a city close to Milan that hosts one of the biggest fenced public parks in Europe, a bomb of energy, natural scents and greenness… Welcome to Monza!

Oggi ho aperto il mio primo gruppo su MeetUp. Utilizzo il servizio già da parecchio tempo e lo trovo davvero utile per incontrare persone vicino a noi, che condividono i nostri stessi interessi. Se volete salvare il pianeta, e nel frattempo divertirvi ed essere inondati dalla mia energia positiva (chi mi conosce sa… ;-)), unitevi al gruppo qui!

A presto il primo incontro…

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A presto e buon weekend,

GA

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Tips on how to organize a sustainable event

I’ve been to the World Fair trade Week conference in Milan to attend the #Fefs talk, a delightful event where I listened to the words of my green blogger friend Francesca Romana Rinaldi (Biofashion), the founder and CEO of @People Tree Safia Minney and director Andrew Morgan of stunning docufilm about fashion industry @The true cost.

Tip #1 • Treat your staff well

If you are organizing an event that brings some good to society, young volunteers will run to help you. However, you should not forget to treat them right. If they have fun and enjoy working at the sustainable event, they will have a good memory of sustainability and the people gravitating around the so-called ‘conscious’ world. You give us all a favour by making possible for young people to associate positive experiences to sustainability, as they will remember it over time – and probably a sustainable mindset will influence their mindset as young parents and adults.

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Tip #2 • Substitute neck straps with everlasting beautiful necklaces

It is difficult to produce a zero impact event. AGICES – the producers of the Fair & Ethical Fashion Show had the wonderful idea of substituting ugly, anonymous and environmentally non-friendly neck straps with beautiful necklaces from the Bead for Life collection. There is no waste and the volunteers will keep the necklace as a conscious gift to themselves.

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I myself have bought Bead for Life jewellery a few years ago and I’m happy to see this project is still alive. They make eco bijoux by turning used colored paper into beads and they realize colorful, elegant and unique bio accessories. Moreover, by purchasing a Bead for Life eco accessory you will assist a social project to eradicate poverty in some areas in Africa (Uganda, Kenya, and others).

Read more here 

Tip #3 • Low impact booth and temporary furniture

Pallet, cardboard, recycled wood, up-cycled furniture, reused, rented or borrowed stuff … It is all good to put together a good-looking, elegant, comfortable and clean environment.

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Link to video recap of Fair and Ethical Fashion Show in Milan 2015 [in Italian]

Until next time,

GA

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/

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.

Green Addict cooks an eco-dinner for friends

What I have been doing today: cooking!

It was the first shift in my new house. In the dorm where I live there’s a tradition about foodclub (Madklub). Every night somebody is in charge to cook for the other rommates (about 20 people). When my turn came, I couldn’t think of a menu but green! I took inspiration from my favorite blog against foodwaste Ecocucina and had a veggie based dinner – even though a bit of meat was there. Vegetables were purchased at KBHFF, the cooperative providing fresh seasonal products from local organic farmers.

Change up Scelgo io

This Friday I couldn’t suggest anything than these three blogs – for Italian speakers only, sorry.

They are hosted by three “green bloggers” from Milan area – Marta Albè, Arianna Bosio and Giusy D’Addio. We were invited by Marinella Scarico to join the conversation at Change Up bloggers barcamp tomorrow on Sat 20th. Change Up is a new network working to raise awareness about sustainable and healthy living, particularly focusing on women and mother needs. All of you interested in, please feel free to join at Palazzo Liberty, Milan – till Oct 22nd – and on Twitter #scelgoio2012.

Have a good day!

Change Up – Scelgo io