The strength of the Amazon Forest in your bag

The strength of the Amazon Forest in your bag

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Natural latex being extracted from the syringa tree. // PHOTO: Evea Ecofashion

After traveling through part of the Amazon rainforest in 2011, Peruvian Cristian Gutiérrez fell in love with the majestic landscape and the local communities that inhabited it. At the same time, he became aware of the immense danger that threatened it: the rapid deforestation process.

That’s the reason why, in collaboration with two other colleagues, he decided to start working on a project that would contribute to the protection of the natural resources of the area, and to the survival of the wisdom and rich traditions of its ancient towns.

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A (green) table for two!

A (green) table for two!

Two weeks ago Rossana and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Greenies. This restaurant opened its doors in Düsseldorf almost one year ago, in March 2014. Ever since, it has been winning over all kinds of paladates (including those highly attached to the consumption of meat – like mine!) with their rich offer of vegan and vegetarian food.

His owner is called Bernar Walker, and he is a young german enterpreneur who is trying his luck for the first time in the restaurant sector. Together with his mother, who is to be spotted in the kitchen, and his sister, who helps attending the customers, Bernar has embarked on an extraordinary adventure that, judging from the warmth welcome the local community has given to Greenies, can take him to beautiful unexpected places.

The fresh approach presented by the restaurant consists of an ambitious bet on sustainability – a concept that had been spinning around Bernar’s mind already back in his days as student of philosophy at the university.

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