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

Interview to the guru founder of Transition Towns, get inspired!

Rob Hopkins at Degrowth Conference in Venice tells us what is Transition about and how easily you can start the movement in your own town.

Thanks Rob for the interview!

Alla Conferenza sulla Decrescita tenutasi a Venezia, ho chiesto a Rob Hopkins di spiegarci il successo delle Transition Twons (città in Transizione – sito italiano) e quali sono i primi passi da compiere per chi comincia.

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What do they do at the Green Office?

How to describe a student-driven university department that is responsible for managing Maastricht University’s sustainability portfolio in not more than 20 words? Thank you Lukas.

Founded a couple of years ago, the Green Office has been awarded several times for the quality of its operations and commitment to the sustainability cause- Among the projects: green electricity, pc power management, the sustainable vending machine, Green Office academy and more.

[The Green Office]

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

Underground New York Public Library

Today I would like to start a new series on my blog. As I like the #FF (Follow Friday) Twitter costum so much – I said – why just suggesting people to follow? Why don’t suggest blogs?

So here you are my suggested blog of the week: Underground New York Public Library is a blog by photographer Ourit Ben-Haim snapping intimate moments of commuters reading their books. They are the Reading Riders of NYC Subway.

Are you following me on TW? Go @ecoSFL!

Handwoven · Tessuto a mano

Originally published on Slowear Journal on Oct 8th

Thanks to Francesca Stignani for translation

Leggi in italiano

Weaving like in the old times is an anachronistic and yet intriguing job. In Peillac, a small town in Southern Provence, Atelier aux Fils de l’Arz, owned by the Lesteven family, is one of the last places in France where they still know how to weave on a hand-operated loom, the métier a bras.

The small firm’s activity focuses on the creation of fine handwoven fabrics, made with strictly natural raw materials – eco-friendly yarns such as hemp (from Italy), linen, soy fiber and zero-mile wool from the sheep bred on the grazing land opposite the maison.

Bruno, father and husband, is in charge of the hard work. i.e. the weaving. It takes accuracy, concentration, quickness and muscular strength to control a huge six-pedal treadle loom. Wife Gaëlle is a couturière – a designer and a dressmaker. She likes to make things for her kids, friends and relatives, while Bruno’s fabrics are sold through the Internet and in the organic textiles fairs.

So what makes handwoven fabrics so unique? Mainly their strength – they last much longer than industrial fabrics, not to mention the fact that they can be customized even as far as small amounts are concerned.

Whoever wishes to learn more about this charming and traditional job can opt for a one-week internship at the Atelier – there are different levels of teaching, according to the apprentice’s basic skills. In case you’re just curious, just ask for a guided tour and you’ll be able to see old looms and century-old fabric remnants.

· Atelier Aux Fils de l’Arz ·

My WWOOFing week in France – #1 Sustainable diet

 

DID YOU KNOW… ? Using ecosan (ecological sanitation) a family of four people saves up to 160 liters of water per day and avoid polluting 480 liters of washing water (laundry, showers…), making its treatment process much more easier.

LO SAPEVATE CHE… ? Utilizzando la toilette secca una famiglia risparmia circa 160 litri d’acqua al giorno ed evita di inquinarne altri 480 di acque grigie (bucato, doccia) poichè rende più semplice il loro trattamento di depurazione.

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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.

Come mai mi interessa il settore? Leggete qui

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revolution-apparel

What is a versalette?

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Affascinante storia di due ragazze che viaggiarono il mondo con il loro zaino in spalla. Condividevano le stesse passioni e avevano occhio per le stesse cose. Pensarono di rivoluzionare il mondo dell’abbigliamento, almeno quello da viaggio, sapendo che a noi donne piace viaggiare ed avere addosso sempre qualcosa di diverso… Ma non fateci portare pesi nello zaino! “Versalette”, la versatilità!

Amazing story about two women who backpacked around the world, shared the same passions, finally put their experience into a fashion output. For every girl loving traveling therefore, knowing what a hindrance excessive weight is!

この面白い話しでは、旅行が好きな女性の二人がオーガニックファッションに同じ興味を持ってて、結局変わっているファッション会社を作りました。重さを抜いた旅行が好きな女の人へ。

bambucicleta

Bamboo on the go

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Bamboo frame, ergonomic saddle and less than 10% energy used in processing than traditional bikes. The idea came into the world six years ago in Argentina, from university fellow Nicolas Masuelli, now CEO at Bambucicleta, whose mission is making this bicycle a democratic, affordable product. Why choosing bamboo?

Well, it’s hard like maple, at the same time it’s  extremely flexible as shock absorber. So why a bamboo bike?

On the site they say (1) because it is a unique artisanal piece, locally made, expressly to meet personal requirements, (2) it is one of the fastest growing crops and bike’s processing produce hardly waste – if any, it is recycled – and (3) bamboo bike warms up ecological consciousness, so it is actually a social benefit!

Telaio di bambù, sellino ergonomico e meno del 10% dell’energia impiegata per produrre le bici tradizionali. L’idea è nata sei anni fa in Argentina, da un giovane laureando di nome Nicolas Masuelli, oggi a capo di un’azienda che vuole rendere questo prodotto accessibile alle tasche di tutti. Perchè il bamboo per una bici?

Resistente quanto l’acero, ha un’elevata flessibilità adatta ad amortizzare le irregolarità del terreno. Perchè scegliere una Bambucicleta?

Sul sito si dice: (1) perchè è un prodotto artigianale e locale, fatto a mano per soddisfare le esigenze personali, (2) perchè il bambù si rigenera velocemente e il ciclo di produzione prevede scarti quasi nulli – se ci sono vengono riciclati (3) per il suo beneficio sociale: usarla genera coscienza ecologica!

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