Bea Johnson and her family adopted a zero waste lifestyle a decade ago; their household produces a mere pint of trash per year. With her blog and bestseller Zero Waste Home (translated in 20+ languages, #1 on Amazon waste category), Bea initiated a global movement and continues to inspire a growing community to live simply and take a stance against needless waste. Her methodology is based on 5R's: “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot, and only in that order”. She shatters misconceptions, proving that zero waste can not only be stylish, but also lead to significant health benefits, and time and money savings. She speaks at universities, corporate events and conferences all over the globe, including Google, Pixar, Adobe, TEDx, the European Parliament and the United Nations. She has completed eleven international tours and given talks in 35+ countries on 6 continents. She has appeared on TV shows and in publications everywhere, including The Today Show and People Magazine. Passionate and optimist, she was dubbed "The Priestess of Waste-Free Living" by the New York Times and is the leading spokesperson for the zero waste lifestyle. She is a Grand Prize winner of The Green Awards, and a French native who currently lives in Mill Valley, California.
Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
Elen a Favilli is an award-winning journalist and media entrepreneur. She has worked for Colors magazine, McSweeney’s, RAI, Il Post, and La Repubblica, and has managed digital newsrooms on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds an MFA in Semiotics from the University of Bologna (Italy) and she studied digital journalism at U.C. Berkeley. In 2011, with Francesca Cavallo, she created the first iPad magazine for children Timbuktu Magazine. She is the founder and CEO of Timbuktu Labs.
Francesca Cavallo is a published writer and an award-winning theater director. She holds an MFA in Theater Directing from the School of Dramatic Art Paolo Grassi in Milan (Italy). A passionate social innovator, Francesca is the founder of Sferracavalli, an International Festival of Sustainable Imagination in Southern Italy. In 2011, she joined forces with Elena Favilli to found Timbuktu Labs, where she serves as Creative Director. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is her seventh children’s book.
Elena and Francesca live in Venice, California.
The storyteller of this fairy tale is the restaurant Sweet Root, a team of young and passionate people who collect memories from the past, from childhood, and those they hear from other people every day, searching for a simple answer of what defines our gastronomical tradition. Part of this story takes place in the restaurant’s garden where many of the ingredients used at Sweet Root are grown. Similarly, they stay in daily contact with the farmers, cheese makers, millers, and other local heroes that offer the best local produce and their own unique stories. This philosophy was born from a desire to bring the pride of Lithuania’s lands back to our plates in a way that is full of truthfulness and genuine emotion.
Ieva Šidlaitė has a master degree in cultural history. After spending her university years in the noisy city of Vilnius, she escaped to a green farmstead in Nėris Regional Park known as Slėnis where she swapped the urban chaos for foggy meadows, lively forests, and a completely new kind of cooking. Ieva was inspired by the nature around her to learn more about wild edible plants and how to prepare whole foods. At first she used her new knowledge to cook healthy, balanced meals for her family, but gradually she began to share her experience with others. Ieva has written numerous articles about traditional cuisine, fermentation, souring, and edible wild plants. She also cooks for the guests staying at Slėnis Guesthouse and organizes workshops and yearly summertime seminars.