Malta’s First Eco Market Kicks Off This Weekend

Vanessa Conneely - 20th May 2019

Event focuses on sustainability and social enterprises.

Organisers are calling it “an event that is focused on all things good for people and the planet” and say it’s the first of its kind in Malta. Eco Market will take place on Saturday and Sunday at The Gaia Foundation in Ghajn Tuffieha near Manikata between 11am – 6pm.

As well as a collection of artisan’s stalls and businesses there will be a number of workshops for adults and children, as well as talks, and a chance to get involved in some free yoga and meditation.

Speaking about the event Founder and Organiser Zen D'Amato Gautam said: “The vendors that are taking part have all met a number of eco-standards and requirements both in terms of the way they conduct their business and the way they will exhibit at the market.”

“On offer to members of the public will be a range of crafts, fashion accessories, and clothing as well as items for the home including kitchen utensils, decorations, and up-cycled household items. Beauty and cleaning products that are vegan, organic and environmentally friendly will also be available, as will tea, juices, desserts, healthy food, and quintessentially Maltese, edible treats.”

“The selection of goods on offer is perfect for anyone looking to take steps towards leading a more sustainable lifestyle, but doesn’t know where to start.”

Among those sponsoring the event are Viva City, creators of rooftop ecosystems and green walls, as well as The Veg Box, a local urban farm and purveyor of organic produce.  

Entrance to the market is free, as are most of the activities with the exception of a few that may ask for a small donation to cover the cost of materials. Single-use plastics are banned from the event and visitors are encouraged to bring their own reusable bottles as drinking water will be provided thanks to Island Beverages.

In addition to this, anyone who pre-ordered an Eco Goodie Bag during the crowd-funding campaign back in March, is reminded that they can collect it from the market.

“We raised a total of €8,379.91 all of which will be put back into the monthly Eco Markets which will take place throughout the rest of the year,” adds Zen. “No one is living a perfect sustainable lifestyle, but we can all take small steps towards improving our footprint and being more kind to the world around us. At Eco Market, we can show you how easy these little changes and steps can be.”

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