By John Legaspi
Images by Noel Pabalate
The world is under fire with man’s doings. From polluting the oceans, misuse of natural resources to the latest burning of the Amazon, nature is raising the siren call to restore its balance. With that in mind, Shangri-La Plaza is fighting back with a three-day bazaar dubbed as Live Green.
Offering a display of all things eco-friendly, locally-sourced merchandise, Live Green is a trunkshow featuring a selection of zero-waste and proudly Pinoy products aiming to encourage everyone to live a more sustainable and green lifestyle.
From healthy food options, repurposed and vibrant fashion items to lifestyle talks, here are the brands you should check out until Sept. 15 at the Grand Atrium of the plaza.
FRUITS OF THE EARTH
Savor the taste of healthy living with an array of vegan, gluten-free, and organic delights that will sure to satiate everyone’s harmful cravings.
In A Nutshell
In a Nutshell plays a trick on the taste buds by producing cheeses that are made from nuts and tofu. Best to try its spin on grilled cheese sandwich and their hearty plant-based cheese burgers made from Aldai black beans from Bukidnon.
On the lookout for something sweet and chilly, Superscoops offers a delectable cup of velvety goodness minus the dairy. Crafted with locally-sourced ingredients, its ice creams are sweetened by coconut sugar, which helps lower glycemic index and contains 400 times more potassium.
The Hippie Smoothie
Offering a healthy vibrant smoothie in three easy steps, the Hippie Smoothie packs a refreshing fruit juice that has no added sugar, artificial food coloring, and preservatives. The fruit smoothies come in three flavors: the Bohemian, the Rebel, and the Hipster.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. These brands prove that one way to solve our never-ending drama with waste is to make something cute and stylish out of it.
Kilus Foundation Cooperative
Moving toward their creed that is “pera sa basura,” Kilus Foundation Cooperative made statement bags out of juice pouches and other plastic wrappings.
SNMP Smokey Mountain
SNMP Smokey mountain turns piles of old discarded glossy magazines into weaved bags, baskets, and fashion accessories.
Turning a hobby into a an eco-friendly works of art, robot enthusiast EJ Sulit made his creations out of the thing you put in the junk yard pile.
Upcrafting is the term that Teacher Adavieve Mella aims to share with everyone. Matching the vision with the imaginative minds of children, they produced bedazzled keys, colorful pen holders made of recycled bottles, and organizers made from solitaire cards.
Elemento, a band founded by avant-garde sound artist Lirio Salvador, presents a demo of ethno-industrial sounds using a series of metal sound sculptures created from scraps of junk metal.
Textiles and fabrics from the mountains are brought down to the urban city to present fashion that are not fast and disposable but ethnic and ethical.
Founded by fashion designer Dita Sandico Ong, Ditta takes mall guests through the sustainable work practices, from her zero-waste policy to her alternative fabric methods.
Based in Liliw, Laguna, Ai-she Footwear manufactures different kinds of affordable shoes and sandals, mixing modernity with locally sourced products. The brand uses materials such as abaca, wood, and leather in creating one-of-a-kind shoe designs, fit for Filipinas from all walks of life.
Accessories that behold a story of identity are what Style Isle offers by working with local artisans for its brass and beaded jewelry. It also celebrates the beauty of indigenous products by the Tausug weavers from Sulu, producing ethno-modern pieces such as kambut sash scarf and kandit waist cloth using abaca and pineapple-cotton yarns. Making culture closer to everyone, the brand also conducts weaving workshops, exposing people to the craft that goes into every weave.
Shangri-La Plaza also brings together some of the most inspiring environmental advocates to share their insights on sustainability.
With several topics and brands to explore, mall guests have endless ways to #LiveGreenAtTheShang and adapt a greener approach in their everyday life. #FeelTheShangVibewith Live Green, a fun, interactive way of learning about how to be more eco-conscious and contribute in protecting the planet.
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