Reducing the waste is…sexy!
I watched this video during the Waste Reduction Day of the last 9th of april. I love it so much and now I want to say something about that, because I really care about this issue. Recycling is something that we all should do everyday – and not only during this particular celebration – with small actions that will become increasingly natural and easy to reduce our impact on the environment. Where to start? From the shopping! First rule: avoid disposable things. Second rule: avoid sigle-use things. If you already have plastic bags, use them several times before throwing away. Use scrap fabric to create funny and colourful bags. Purchase from markets, farmer markets, responsible shopping groups and direct selling points. In this way, you will reduce packaging and transportation costs. If you have to go to the supermarket choose between different products, opt for the one with the less polluting and harmful for environment package. Always choose eco-friendly and recyclable materials. Avoid plastic and opt for paper and glass, they are also healthier for you. Try to find the closest shop that sells unpackaged products. Just think about all the bottles, jars and packages of soap, milk, pasta, detergent […]
Reuse and furniture: working bees days!
Matera is a city rich of valuable artisans and innovative activities about the environment. I’ve noticed this beautiful energy right away and I couldn’t resist to the temptation of embody it in purpose-made events. So it was born the Working Bee Days at L’Albero di Eliana. What is it about? You just have to put together local artisans, innovative associations and recycling lovers, add some friends from other cities with whom you want to share your project and you’ll obtain an ideal mix of creativity. And, as I said, the Working Bee Days. Until now I’ve organized two Working Bee Days at L’Albero: I asked Casa Netural and Officine Frida to direct two workshops. The aim? Creating something new and useful using recycled materials. Today I want to tell you the first of these Days, of which Officine Frida has been the protagonist. When L’Albero was born this association was composed by an atelier of painting, a workshop of eco-building and one of creative dressmaker. If you come to Matera it does worth visiting Mariella’s place which is a creative recycling dressmaker that promotes the sharing of knowledge and memories. At L’Albero, Paolo, who was at that time part of […]
A project of a thousand hands
I always define L’Albero like this: a project of a thousand hands. The same workers played part in the choices of some details of the last saconds, and then all friends near and far put their paws in many ways: in the direction to be taken, in the decision of the name (a very interesting brainstorming dinner), in the cleaning, creative projects and often in the hospitality itself. It has even happened that friends have breakfast with my guests and that’s a very special moment. And so here we are, with a tribute dedicated to everyone who has done something big or small for L’Albero and and who made the environment so warm, welcoming and enriched by a good energy. The energy comes from the people, from those who have donated objects lived by them, from those who have believed in my project and have contributed to make it special. In the end, alone, it would not have been as fun and the final result would not have had the same effect.
First step for an eco-friendly b&b in the Sassi
After working in Roma and traveling in Australia I decided to move to Matera,where my origins are. At that time some like-minded people and I had the dreamto hinabit wonderful Sassi and live here as it was in the past. Things changed for the few residents in the last years but, still, we find the magic of this stunning place in the world. When I saw these premises in the Sassi, dusty and semi-destroyed, for sure I didn’t imagine all of this! In reality I wasn’t interested before, I was happy elsewhere. Then I realized that it was the best place to practice my idea of sustainable living and so I decided that my project was going to start here. L’Albero starts from here, from when it became my project. A project grows day by day, a journey in which you make mistakes and become disheartened, sometimes you want to give up on everything but then it’s worth it to continue and you learn so much, especially from your errors and from those of others. A project is never finished, it is always open to evolution and ready to be restarted, and mine, for example, involves me completely every day […]