CASSANDRA STRAUB – Founder
Cassandra Straub is a 23 year old Canadian born and raised, who moved to Malta to pursue her passion in Dance and Choreography through undergoing a Dance Studies BA at the University of Malta. Over the years she has become increasingly interested in other areas such as cooking, travel, overall health and fitness, farming, and the environment.
She is a board member and teacher for a VO called Step Up for Parkinson’s, is a Children’s Dance Teacher, and newly Part-Time Farmer. She has completed her Master’s in Entrepreneurship at the University of Malta, and is involved in environmental activities within the community in Malta with Get Trashed Malta, The Bubble NGO, and the Run the #WaveofChange Campaign.
Apart from this, Cassandra is the founder of Biome Munch, and is on a mission, together with the community of Malta, to engage people in a simple and accessible way to implement a healthier lifestyle – not only for themselves, but also for the environment around them through considering the cyclical impact of their actions and purchases 🙂
CANE VELLA – Environmental Activist and Animal Scientist
Cane Vella, founder of “Get Trashed Malta” an environmental awareness community lives a lifestyle of discovery into the lost technology and methods of doing things that are both simplistic and efficient and thus making choices which are sustainable. He often Is very innovative which is evident in the way he presents these discoveries into modern lifestyle. Furthermore he strives to share his finding through various public activities such as clean up events, artistic installation and workshops within various dynamic groups within the community.
The passion for such an interest has been built over his lifetime. At a young age his curiosity about nature and living things was very pronounced and he always questioned various beings. This led to his interest into reading Animal Science at the University of Kent. Upon his return to Malta and the realization of the extent of human treats to natural environment he made it a priority to mitigate such influences. He discovered that this is a complex issue and thus works with everyone to cover all areas such as raising awareness about the issues, providing feasible solutions to ministries in charge and experimenting with new or forgotten ideas to promote them with people that he interacts with. He is very positive and has a vision of a sustainable future with a shifting attitude towards sustainability despite the growing dependencies on technology and modern day infrastructure which is often reliant on practices which are not so sustainable.
DEBBIE HOLMAN – Dietician
Debbie Holman is a registered dietitian with 10 years experience in a range of nutritional areas. Over the years Debbie has become more and more interested in the less conventional approaches to dietetics, including promoting mindful and intuitive eating, sustainability and how food affects our moods. We are often faced with conflicting advice and suggestions around the most appropriate diet for us to be eating, and Debbie hopes to provide clarity on this in an individualised way for all of her clients.
Debbie is interested in fitness, baking, cooking (obviously!), reading and true crime.
Having had the opportunity to work in Malta, she has become passionate about the country and promoting a sustainable way of living for the Maltese community and expats who venture to the island. Being part of Biome Munch is an exciting step in the right direction of promoting this way of living. Hopefully, the support from our team will help improve Malta’s sustainability as a country as well as improving the health of all those living on the Rock!
THE AMBER SPARK – Creative Team
The Amber Spark is a multidisciplinary group of multi-skilled creative individuals. With work spanning across art, science, design, and marketing, we look for meaningful ways to link art and business, while allowing for exploration and experimentation. Creativity, consciousness, and collaboration are our fundamental driving forces. We love to support and be part of projects that question and challenge the status quo, that allow us the space to do our best creative work for the service of making the world a little better, more harmonious and friendlier to the real needs of all of us in it.
Why Biome Munch?
Malta has a long way to go in terms of sustainability. We are dire in need of tools to raise awareness about our impact on the environment, and information about the changes we can make in our lives in order to care for our planet in a better way.
We often encounter people who have received wrong or partial information about sustainable lifestyles, and people are often so overwhelmed with information that they are deterred from investigating the truth. A platform where correct, simple and thorough information on sustainable living can be accessed would be extremely valuable. Tailoring of this information to suit the specific context of our island would help a great deal in supporting a national and global change in habits that will lead towards a better future for everyone.