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

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Extra quality Italian gelato in Villasimius (Sardinia) at Chiccheria

Spending my holidays in Sardinia, I found the best gelato shop ever. 🙂

Don’t even need to mention how delicious is their ice cream, they have an incredible range of tastes, a different special one every day, and a lot of fantasy in their creations….

Are they eco? Of course, best quality for the people means good for the environment.

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They minimize production waste, they are able to save 60.000 liters of water every year and most of their suppliers are local. In addition, they explore the surrounding to find typical plants and products of the region to get inspired for new tastes. For example, Cannonau wine and Pecorino cheese from Sardinia, Lavander and Honey from Maremma, and fresh Lemongrass and Ginger collected on a trip to Bali.

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Gelato is the traditional Italian way of doing ice cream. The founder Manuele Presenti, head of the Chiccheria international school of ice cream, comes from a family of pastry chef and he puts the same over-accuracy and passion in preparing every taste.

If you come around Villasimius (Sardinia, Italy) or Marina di Grosseto (Tuscany, Italy) don’t miss out a visit to Chiccheria!

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Exclusive organic jewelry beautifully designed handmade in Italy by Giardinoblu

Don’t know what to put on for tonight NYE party? Organic jewelry is the answer! Francesca Mancini’s – alias Giardinoblu – elegant and delicate design could not be mistook with anything else. She is sincerly inspired by nature and got a sense on organic materials beauty. Thank you Francesca for the interview and the passion you put in your creations!

Happy New Year everybody!

Non sapete cosa indossare per la fine dell’anno? Perchè non provare con i gioielli naturali? Le creazioni di Francesca Mancini – alias Giardinoblu – si possono riconoscere e amare a prima vista, per la loro delicatezza ed eleganza. Francesca disegna ed esegue manualmente ogni pezzo, ispirata da piante, frutta, mare, chicchi di riso… Un grazie speciale per quest’intervista e per la passione che trasmetti con i tuoi bellissimi gioielli, continua così!

Felice 2013 a tutti!

[Giardinoblu]

Carlsberg and Pomì new sustainable technologies

 

DID YOU KNOW…? You may argue this is not very green as PET comes from oil, but actually there is a huge saving in CO2 emissions (and oil) due to logistics and PET come from recycled materials.

LO SAPEVATE CHE…? Sostituire i fusti in acciaio con nuovi fusti usa e getta in PET non sembra molto “green”. Tuttavia bisogna considerare che in questo modo si ha un grande risparmio di risorse e di emissioni a livello di logistica, mentre il PET rientra nella filiera del riciclo.

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Sustainable diets: cereal cropping

Originally published on Slowear Journal on Nov 21st

Thanks to Francesca Stignani for translation

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More cereals, less meat, and a lot of fruits and vegetables. The sustainable diet, which is good for our health as well as for the environment, has a lot in common with the vegetarian diet, starting from the huge consumption of cereals.

Yet how sustainable is it to grow cereals? As with any other kind of extensive farming, thanks to phytochemistry and integrated farming there have been quite a few improvements in the pesticide containment rate. However, we need to do more, which is exactly what is happening today.

Italy has  been the first country to ever patent a method called “Riso secondo natura” (nature-wise rice), developed by Molinia farmers. The method includes a series of “natural” techniques allowing the firm to spare around 50% of the water needed for irrigation and up to 80% of greenhouse gas emissions. Along with the use of three innovative machineries, the only real innovation brought along by this method lies in following the rhythms of nature and its cycles.

As for wheat – the most common cereal in our diet – the search for sustainability starts already from the seed. A famous Italian pasta manufacturer has been examining the farmland and the atmospheric conditions near its plants and mills, selecting the most suitable wheat plants in order to obtain a good yeld with very limited artificial interventions. Moreover, since the fields are very close to the factories, these experimental crops are super-sustainable.

Another example of natural farming comes from Poggio del farro, a formerly abandoned farm surrounded by the Tuscan hills which has recently been renovated and currently produces organic emmer. The crops are so excellent that they get sold before they have even grown!

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Hyper-sustainable architecture: Med in Italy

Originally published on Slowear Journal on Oct 30th

Thanks to Francesca Stignani for translation

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A real Italian miracle”. That’s how the press defined the global success of Med in Italy, the very first Italian hyper-sustainable house. The project involved a team of students and architects from the Universties of Rome and Trento, which worked on it for over a year in collaboration with some of the best Italian firms in the field of innovative building industry.

The name evokes the Mediterranean nature of the house, which has been designed for warm climates and as a response to global warming. The layering of the walls, containing sand in aluminum tubes and coatings of natural isolation made with wooden wool, ensure thermal balance, while the heating is provided by solar panels, which produce three times the energy consumed by the house.

The “Mediterranean house” can be assembled impressively quickly: five days are enough to put together the 50 square meter structure, plus five more days for the installation and the testing of the systems. Which is why this house is a perfect solution in case of emergency (i.e. earthquakes) as well as an affordable alternative to traditional building methods.

Med in Italy won the third prize in the general ranking at the Solar Decathlon Europe competition in Madrid, and  the first prize for Sustainability, concerning the environmental impact of the house in its “lifetime”. The low-impact of Med in Italy has been further confirmed by its transportation: the house has been carried from Italy to Spain and back by rail transport, thus sparing around five tons of CO2.

Although it’s not on the market yet, Med in Italy will soon be a real alternative and an attractive novelty for green architecture in Italy and abroad.

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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!

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My action at WED 2012

Taking UN’s call for real, this is my action on World Environmental Day 2012.

I host a new blog – Non solo canapa (meaning It’s not just about hemp) – at Greenme.it – Sarò buon* con la terra. It’s over sustainable fashion. I moved all my interest in good fashion to another specific platform, so that I can continue posting here various things I keep doing – places I keep going – people I keep talking to. Unfortunately the blog will be just in Italian, still I’ll do my best to edit English captions on videos at least.

Il 5 giugno, in occasione della Giornata Mondiale della Terra (WED World Environmental Day) ho raccolto l’appello delle Nazioni Unite del “fai-qualcosa-anche-tu-per-il-mondo”. La mia green action è stata di inaugurare un nuovo blog all’interno piattaforma Greenme.it – Sarò buon* con la terra.

Ho trasferito su Non solo canapa le mie ricerche attinenti la moda sostenibile: consigli di shopping ragionato, incontri con designer emergenti, video-interviste e un approfondimento sulle fibre alternative allo standard del mercato viziato di oggi.

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