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    INTERVIEWS,  Lokal

    The Hand Maid – A Lady Crafts and Upcycles

    Starting off 2019 with a local shop feature that is so long overdue. I came across @thehandmaidph on Instagram, and was glad to found that founder and maker, Mai Fianza-Sarmiento is actually based in the same city I live in, Baguio. The Hand Maid is a strong advocate of recycling and handcrafts, making market totes out of upcycled flour sacks and macrame out of old shirt yarns among other reusables. I have yet to go and buy myself one of her planter hangers and tote bags, and hopefully get to meet Mai in person soon but in the meantime, let’s get to know more about the lady who crafts and…

  • INTERVIEWS,  Lokal

    Simple Sentiments – Summer Hobby to Full Time Macramé

    If I were to launch my very own business, it would surely be out of something that makes me happy. I can only imagine the challenges of keeping a business alive and if I don’t love what I’m doing one hundred percent, then I don’t see any point in starting in the first place.  This week’s featured shop is yet another proof of a business born from the love of the craft – and if you’ve been frequenting Instagram lately, you may already be familiar with that thing called macramé. Well, Franz del Rosario didn’t plan to be in the macramé business, but what began as a summer hobby turned out…

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    In Search for the World’s First Zero Waste Solutions

    So, we’ve heard of the world’s first zero waste bra, and very much rooting for TVGB’s continuous success (which btw, successfully raised AU$ 69,088 with 611 backers on Kickstarter).  But have you heard of the world’s first plastic free beauty brand, or the world’s first organic wound strips? Or parcel packaging that you can compost at home with all your food scraps? On this post, let’s take a look at three eco-focused brands offering practical, plastic free, solutions in their respective niches. Their vision? Provide the world’s first zero waste products that work. Ethique When Ethique launched in 2012, founder, Brianne West’s mission is to be part of the solution to…