Monday, 19 April 2021

Fashion Revolution Week

Fashion Revolution Week is the time when we come together as a global community to create a better fashion industry. It centers around the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1138 people and injured many more on 24 April 2013. 

This year, as it makes 8 years since the tragedy, Fashion Revolution Week will focus on the interconnectedness of human rights and the rights of nature. Our campaigns will amplify unheard voices across the fashion supply chain and harness the creativity of our community to explore innovative and interconnected solutions.

This year, Fashion Revolution falls on 19-25 April

Human rights and the rights of nature are interconnected and interdependent; we are part of the wider living world and our right to a healthy environment depends on the health of our planet. The human exploitation and ecosystem degradation we see all around us today are the product of centuries of colonialism and globalized exploitation.

- They stern from a western-focused worldview in which human and environmental prosperity is seen as isolated and disconnected from each other.

- They stern from a fashion industry that reinforces inequality and devalues the voices of minority groups, people of colour, women, and non-western perspectives.

- They stern from a fashion industry that operates opaquely and continues to sidestep responsibility.

We cannot continue to extract dwindling resources from an already stressed natural world, pollute our land and our oceans, fall far short of climate change targets and dump our waste on the shoulders of countries we have culturally depleted. Nor can we continue to allow big businesses to profit whilst supply chain workers struggle to live in dignity.

We need brands to change their relationship with each other, replacing competition with collaboration to solve the major challenges facing the fashion industry.

We need a shift in the relationship between brands and suppliers, so that the rights of people and the rights of nature hold more of the power, wherever decisions are being made. 

We need a fashion revolution!

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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Discover a 'fresh' daily routine for beauty & well-being

RINGANA is a fresh new brand specializing in beauty cosmetics, using the freshest ingredients, vegan principles, and sustainable manufacturing. The ingredients of RINGANA products are organic and fair trade, and everything is produced in their factory in Austria. 

Amongst the range of cosmetics, one can find body wash, cleanser, moisturizer, scrub, overnight creams, body milk, lip balm, soap bar, foot, and hand balms, deodorant, eye serum, anti-age and anti-pollution creams, tooth balm, and tooth oil, sunscreen, after-sun shampoo, conditioner, and they also have a special skincare range for men. 

Most products are available in mini versions, giving you the opportunity to try only a small sample before committing to purchase the regular size product. My favorite items from RINGANA, are the convenient packs, pre-packed with the essentials for traveling, work, or any other occasion, in cute sample sizes and a pretty re-usable zip bag. 

As an eco-friendly brand, it is very important that the packaging is also sustainable. Their bottles, besides being very cute and stylish, are either made of glass or a Co2 neutral sugar cane which is 100% recycled. Once you collect 10 empty glass bottles, you can send them back to the company in exchange of a free product of your choice! Some products come in a cardboard box, which is filled with little chips made of biodegradable cornstarch.

An interesting characteristic of RINGANA products is that they are only purchased online. You won't find RINGANA products in stores, for one simple reason. Store products are required, by law, to last 30 months. That means that the products must include a number of chemicals in order to keep them good for that long. Who knows for how long products sit on a supermarket shelf before you bring them home!

RINGANA, instead, is proud to offer chemical-free products that usually last about to 6 months unopened and 10 weeks once opened. This is a genuine guarantee that when the product reaches you, it is absolutely fresh, manufactured only a few weeks before. 

But RINGANA is not only about cosmetics. They also produce a range of vegan drinks and supplements, always keeping fresh and natural as the main priorities. 

Drinks: ABC (stands for Antiox, Balancing and Cleansing) are a great way to support our daily diet with secondary plant substances from fruit, vegetables, algae, and fiber. There are also anti-stress drinks and natural energy drinks, such as CHI, which can also be used as an ingredient for cookie recipes, for instance. Check out their website for recipe ideas. 

Supplements: You can browse a complete collection of food supplement capsules for well-being depending on your body and lifestyle. You can find CAPS that boosts memory, help with anti-aging, more vitality, and so on. For the athletic customer, RINGANA has a line called SPORT that offers complete solutions to those who keep active and play sports on a regular basis. 

RINGANA is a great example of a green company that's right on trend, providing solutions to health, veganism, naturalness, and sustainability. The Company places a big effort in environmental protection, resource conservation, reducing carbon emissions, and invests in Corporate Social Responsibility, for the benefit of the community and the planet. 

If you are a new customer, RINGANA gives you a 5 euro discount in your cart when completing check-out. Contact us here if you'd like to learn more about RINGANA.

Sunday, 28 March 2021

How to enjoy a sustainable Easter at home

The pandemic has been with us for over a year now, and as much as we can, we are learning to live with it and try to keep going on with our lives.

Even though we cannot celebrate with all family members, we need to find ways to enjoy and celebrate Easter at home. Let's not let Covid ruin our Easter fun. Here are 5 simple yet enjoyable ideas.

1. Prepare delicious vegan chocolate eggs

I found a great recipe for easy and delicious gluten free dark chocolate eggs from here, or you can always find your own favourite recipe online. Make sure you have a silicone mold to make your eggs in perfect shape! There are tons of yummy fillings to choose from and a limitless way to decorate them. Be creative and have fun with these!

2. The famous Easter-egg hunt

Once you finish making your eggs, wrap them in recycled paper and hide them around the house. If you don't have time or you just can't get yourself to make your own chocolate eggs, purchase them from a local brand. Or, if you are not so keen on all the chocolate your kids will be eating, turn your egg hunt into an organic one! Use pine cones, instead, or create eggs with papier mache, or use fabric, wood, or any other sustainable material.

3. Make beautiful and colourful Easter crafts

Let your imagination run wild or get some inspiration from the internet. There are loads of video tutorials for fun and easy Easter crafts. My personal favourite is this one. Make sure you buy the minimum possible of materials and try to re-use what you find in the house.... toilet paper rolls, food packaging, old paper cups, recycled paper, carton from boxes, re-used ribbons, and so and so forth.

Create your own basket 

Planning on giving out some gifts for Easter? Why not make your own unique basket too? You will love this post showing you different ways for creating up-cycled Easter baskets. Whether it is an old milk carton, a handful of plastic bags, recycled newspaper, fabric scraps, or even an old sweater, you can make this a cool and sustainable Easter activity to do with the family. 

Edu-tainment screentime

A healthy mix between education and entertainment - that is ideally what children (and adults) should get during screen time. Everybody loves cozying it on the sofa while watching a good movie. Here are some inspirational movies to watch with the family during Easter time. 

Happy Easter from us!

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Five ways to celebrate a 'green' Spring

We've all been waiting for Spring, the magical day that officially takes us away from the harsh winter, and brings us one step closer to summer. Spring is the season of new beginnings, of blooming flowers and awakened animals. It is a time where the earth comes to life again and everything looks greener. 

Here are 5 tips to encourage you to 'go green' and transform a few daily routines into sustainable, environmentally-friendly ones, and benefit from a higher quality of living for you, your family, and the world at large. 

1. Start planting a food garden

It is easier than you might initially think. Certain vegetables such as tomatoes, radishes, peas, salad greens, and most herbs are incredibly easy to grow. You don't have to have a garden to grow your own food. Raised beds in a yard or a balcony can do the trick. You can even grow food on your kitchen window sill. In some ways, you will need to go through trial and error, but thanks to dedicated Facebook groups, you can ask for advice and learn from other's mistakes. Growing your own food is incredibly rewarding, and in such uncertain times, it is good to know that you can be a little bit more self-dependant.

2. Re-purpose and Recycle

Every year, the Earth yields billions of tons of natural resources and at some point, in the not too distant future, it will run out. That's why we must think again about what we throw away very carefully. We now need to look at waste as an opportunity rather than a problem. Think twice before throwing something away... Can it be fixed or saved? Can it be turned into something new and useful? Can it be donated? Can it be broken down for parts? Re-cyle is a good thing to do, but should only be done as a last resort. 

3. Use earth-friendly cleaning products

Most cleaning products are full of toxins and chemicals that are harmful to humans, and harmful to the Earth, as they eventually all make their way to the bottom of the ocean. Eco-friendly products, on the other hand, are made with natural ingredients that don't harm people or the planet. But there are other reasons to make this switch. Green products save you money as they are so pure that you can use less in quantity. Most of them are all-purpose so your shopping list will be shorter too. Overall, they provide a better result and are safer to use. 

4. Switch to reusables

The recent ban on single-use plastics is a good step forward, but we as individual consumers can do much more! Take reusable bags with you, not just for the entire shopping, but also for the vegetables, the fruit, the bread, etc. Get a reusable water bottle everywhere you go; it is almost impossible to find a drink that is not packaged in plastic most of the time. Get your own coffee cup and have it re-filled at your favourite coffee place. Remind yourself to say NO to anyone offering you anything made out of single-use-plastic. Food wraps are a great alternative to your lunch packaging, instead of plastic cling or foil. Many items at home can be re-used for a longer life-span and help you generate less waste. 

5. Conserve water & electricity

Simple tasks you can do every day that result in a great impact over time, such as: turn off unnecessary lights, use natural light when possible, take shorter showers, turn off the tap when brushing teeth, fix any leakages, unplug what you are not using, use the dish-washer at nights, run full loads of laundry, wash laundry with cold water, and nature-dry your laundry and buy water and electricity efficient appliances when possible.

There is now an online site that caters for all things eco-friendly, where each product is curated and verified and with all the sustainability features provided and available at a glance. 

We are very happy and proud to present you our new website, which will help you make your shopping easier and greener. Take a look now:

Sunday, 7 March 2021

A quote a day keeps the worry away

The best cure to sadness is laughter. 

The best cure to worries is inspiration.

Today's post is an exciting collection of 30 quotes about sustainability, eco-friendly living, the environment, and being 'green', to inspire you and help you reflect. 

1. Being green is more than just buying 'eco'. It is an unshakable commitment to a sustainable lifestyle - Eco Warrior Princess

2. One person can make all the difference in the world. For the first time in recorded human history, we have the fate of the whole planet in our hands - Chrissie Hynde

3. It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment - Ansel Adams

4. The best friend on earth of man is the tree. When we use the trees respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth - Frank Lloyd Wright

5. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make - Jane Goodall

6. As consumers, we have so much power to change the world just by being careful in what we buy - Emma Watson

7. Many individuals are doing what they can. But real success can only come if there is a change in our societies and in our economics and in our politics - David Attenborough

8. Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It's about doing more good - Jochen Zeitz

9. What you do today can improve all your tomorrows - Ralph Martson

10. We don't have to sacrifice a strong economy for a healthy environment - Dennis Weaver

11. Only after the last tree is cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten - Cree Indian Prophecy

12. Climate change is no longer some far-off problem; it is happening here, it is happening now - Barack Obama

13. Going back to a simpler life is not a step backward - Yvon Chouinard

14. When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves - David Orr

15. Show me a healthy community with a healthy economy and I will show you a community that has its green infrastructure in order and understands the relationship between the built and the unbuilt environment - Will Rogers

16. It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the world in which we all live - Dalai Lama

17. We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming and the problems we as a people face in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet - Leonardo DiCaprio

18. We are the first generation that can take steps to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Future generations will judge us harshly if we fail to uphold our moral and historical responsibilities - Ban Ki-moon

19. The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them - Paul Hawken

20. Can you look an animal in the eyes and say to it: 'My appetite is more important than your suffering?' - Moby 

21. When sustainability is viewed as being a matter of survival for your business, I believe you can create massive change - Cameron Sinclair

22. Buy Less. Choose well. Make it last - Vivienne Westwood

23. I care about climate change because of our children. I want to safeguard their future - Cate Blanchett

24. What are we doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and ot one another - Mahatma Gandhi

25. I don't want to protect the environment. I want to create a world where the environment doesn't need protection - John Muir

26. The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have the facts and solutions. All we have to do is wake up and change - Greta Thunberg

27. If it can't be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production - Pete Seeger

28. The environment and the economy are really both two sides of the same coin. If we cannot sustain the environment we cannot sustain ourselves - Wangari Maathai

29. Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man - Stewart Udall

30. Every time you spend money, you are casting a vote for the kind of world that you want - Anna Lappe

Bonus quote 

Sunday, 21 February 2021

The Paris Agreement - Everything you need to know (in simple terms)

On 22 April (Earth Day) 2015, a total of 175 countries (out of 195) agreed to join the Paris Agreement as a commitment to reduce their emissions and work together to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Each country committed to a single fundamental point: to keep global temperatures stable and limit the rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and not more than 2. Today the number of countries rose to 189. Each of these countries agreed to assess and track their progress every 5 years and report to each other and the public on how they are implementing climate action. 

'A world that is safer and more secure, more prosperous, and more free.'

These were the words of Barack Obama, in 2015 when the USA signed the Paris Agreement, an ambitious global action to fight climate change. But Donald Trump put that future in jeopardy when he withdrew the USA from the accord in November 2020. Luckily, on his first day as President, Biden gave the executive order to officially rejoin the Agreement in February 2021. 

What are the impacts of climate change and why is this Agreement so critical to our future? 

Climate change affects our weather pattern which in return affects our quality of life. We cannot lead a normal life with extreme weather conditions that climate change brings; such as hurricanes, tsunamis, freezing temperatures, droughts, and regular other catastrophes with the power to destroy cities and kill many people and animals. At 2 degrees Celsius, glaciers will melt bringing further global health emergencies; while the rising sea levels will submerge coastal towns, leading to mass immigration, food scarcity, hunger, lack of fresh water, poverty, species and habitat loss... 

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According to the world's most prominent historian of our times, Yuval Noah Harari, climate change poses a great threat to humankind (together with nuclear war and Artificial Intelligence). In his latest book, 21 lessons for the 21st Century, Harari describes how these natural disasters will ensue economic cracks leading to the fall of governments, unrest, martial law, and wars.

Now, we don't want to turn all dark and gloomy because as Sir David Attenborough says at the end of his beautiful film documentary 'A Life On Our Planet', there is HOPE. Less than a year after 
the signing of the Paris Agreement, the UN created the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, listing a set of solutions; better known as the Sustainable Development GoalsThe SDGs are a universal call to action not just to protect the planet, but also to end poverty, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. It is a map to make the world a better place!

1. No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

2. Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

3. Good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

4. Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

5. Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

6. Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

7. Affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

8. Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

10. Reduced inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

11. Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

12. Responsible consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

13. Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

14. Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

15. Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

17. Partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Each goal typically has 8-12 targets, and each target has between 1 and 4 indicators, used to measure progress towards reaching the targets. Today, progress is being made in many countries across the world, but, overall, action to meet the Goals is not yet advancing at the speed or scale required. We are only 9 years to reach the target. 

But, we are going to end this post on a positive note by inviting you to watch a short feature. It is an emotional review of recent important events and a truly inspiring call to action. It is also a reminder of how we, as a species, need to learn to work together to solve our global issues, before we run out of time.

Watch it now ⬇ (click on the image below)

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Success through Sustainability (free e-book)

Happy New Year and welcome to a year full of hope and recovery! Like every new year, 2021 promises a new chapter for our lives; but if there is anything that 2020 has taught us, is that we cannot survive and thrive alone. It is by practicing collective compassion that we will achieve a life worth living, and that includes loving one another, be kind to all living creatures, and respect the natural world. Our actions for 2021 will have a deep effect on the future of humanity and planet Earth as we are approaching the point of no return. The time is NOW!

As we stand now, at the dawn of the year 2021, humans are using the equivalent of 1.7 Earths. By 2030, we are going to need 2 planets to accommodate the needs of all people. But there is no Planet B. Climate change is a result of the unsustainable economy that humans have been producing and consuming for the past 100 years. The recent pandemic has highlighted yet again the need for a global response in terms of sustainability and provides an opportunity to transform our polluted economy toward a cleaner and circular one. Every business, regardless of size and industry, can easily implement green business practices, contribute to the planet's well-being, and at the same time growing successfully and profitably.

We at Eco Market Malta have just launched a brand new e-book entitled "Success through Sustainability - How to transform your small business into a green and profitable enterprise." The e-book covers a general understanding of the meaning of 'sustainability', how to lay sustainable foundations for your existing business, or how to develop a sustainable foundation for a new one, how to transform your business operations, a series of benefits related to a sustainable business, the secret ingredient to success, and also proposes some innovative green business ideas for the 21st Century for those looking for start-up inspiration. The e-book is written with the small and medium-sized business owner in mind and communicates easy steps to transform your business into a sustainable and successful one.

In this e-book you can find the necessary motivation and overall knowledge to guide small business entrepreneurs, who want to make a positive impact and find a sense of purpose in their work. It gives examples of how they can do small steps at a time to become more impactful to their communities, to the planet, and to their customers, whilst retaining a good profit margin to remain in business and continue creating change. 

Moreover, it serves as a guide highlighting general sustainability features that a business can implement in order to become a vendor on Coral - our new multi-vendor e-commerce site.

Coral offers a solution to everyday shopping (to buyers) and a unique opportunity for success (to sellers). Nearly 150 million people shopped online for the first time in 2020 and the number of e-commerce buyers is only set to rise according to experts. Customer behavior in regards to e-commerce is changing at a very fast rate and if businesses don't adapt, they will become irrelevant. The future of retail is online. Becoming a Coral seller means having full control of your own e-shop and start selling online, without the expenses, maintenance, and know-how of building your own website. It offers small business owners the possibility to reach a wide audience of potential customers, and sell online, anywhere in the world, without spending a fortune on website building and marketing. 

According to Forbes, Business Insider, and many other global business agencies, sustainable consumerism is not only a trend but a fast-growing niche. 

What makes Coral different from all other online stores? Coral's exceptional difference is that it specializes in products that are good for the people and good for the planet. It attracts the eco-conscious and the health-conscious consumers by providing a convenient online hub where to find everything under the same roof. 

On Coral, customers can search by what's really important to them; for example, vegan, no GMO, made from up-cycled materials, organic, recyclable, cruelty--free, handmade, zero-waste, empowers women or charitable, and so on. There are a total of 30 sustainability features. (click the below image to read more).

There is a pre-defined criterion that vendors must match in order to join the Coral platform. These will largely depend on the specific line of business and determined at the evaluation stage on a case-to-case basis. Application and evaluation are free of charge. Nobody is ever rejected from Coral - if we think that your business does not have the right sustainability features, we will present you with an assessment to improve, and then re-apply. Let's make 2021 a year of positive change!

Download the free e-book by clicking on the image below.