Roundup: Our favorite finds at this year’s Muni Market

What better way to spend the weekend than in the great outdoors, discovering what it means to live mindfully? Cool and safe from the harsh summer rays at the Capitol Commons, folks at Muni Market 2017 passed the time sipping vegan milkshakes, checking out cool locally made products, listening to live music, and learning from various talks about creating real change.

We were there to check out the festivities and came home with renewed perspectives about our roles as consumers, human beings, and residents of planet Earth. Take all the perks of good taste and shopping minus the guilt. If you missed it, here are some local and independent brands to check out, if you want to live organic and cruelty-free.

V Kitchen

They cater, they sell frozen goods, and best of all, they deliver. Proudly proclaiming themselves Manila’s first plant-based five-day meal delivery service, V Kitchen is bound to take away your worries when it comes to breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. They change up their menu constantly and offer a bunch of unique recipes, such as the new Darth Burgers (vegan sliders made with activated bamboo charcoal) and chimichurri tacos.

Nipa Brew Craft Beers

Step away from the Pale Pilsen and give these brilliant brews a try. If you’ve seen Netflix’s Easy and felt the overwhelming urge to try the beer Dave Franco and company start brewing in their garage, Nipa Brew is sure to quench that thirst, and then some. What began as home experiments for a handful of people who were tired of “the same beer our grandfathers have been drinking for decades” has grown into an adventurous and daring enterprise that caters to modern people from all walks of life. (They have soda, too.)

V&M Naturals

The people at V&M Naturals care. No, really. Ask about their soaps, and they’ll help you find the one that’s best suited to your skin type. Their products save your skin and the environment, because they’re made from scratch using all-natural ingredients to promote wellness. Look no further for great alternatives to your facial care, bath and body, fragrance, and makeup needs.

The Greenhouse Project

Goldfish keep dying on you? Maybe it’s time to care for a plant instead. Aiming to raise awareness on the importance of plants in everyday life, The Greenhouse Project sells all kinds of cute greeneries for livening up indoor spaces like offices and even bathrooms. It’s the best way to let Mother Nature in on your modern, go-getting lifestyle, even if your green thumb isn’t all that green. We’re just dying to get our hands on the terrariums.

Akaba Ltd. Design Co.

Akaba’s bags sure make an impact — and not just because they combine the stylish functionality of backpacks, knapsacks, and such with traditional Filipino loomweaving. Championing the preservation of this beautiful art, as well as the Filipino values of dedicated craftsmanship and hard work, the company also makes a large effort to work with weaving communities all throughout the country and to improve the lives of these weavers. How does it feel to carry true Filipino culture on your back?

Risqué Designs

Using fine local materials, Risqué Designs creates meticulously handmade artisanal footwear for the purpose of keeping traditional methods alive while elevating them to be globally competitive. Based in Marikina, this brand is home to architectural marvels with details that make them distinctly Filipino, whether it’s wood carving, patterns, a tiny tarsier around the heel, or hand-painted flowers. You can even request custom pairs.

Wooden Mallet

Wooden Mallet is a purveyor of leather goods and wood crafts, lovingly made by hand. Choose from journals, wallets, pouches, sleeves, and more, which come in a multitude of colors and can be monogrammed to your liking. They also hold leather crafting sessions, and the products sold at Muni Market were hand-stitched by residents of the rehabilitation center Bukang Liwayway as part of its livelihood program. Talk about a feel-good purchase.

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