Max La Manna#PANGAIAChangemakers
Initially, what prompted you to drive change?
Witnessing the destruction we're causing to our planet. I knew in order to create change, I had to change first.
What has been the most rewarding moment of your journey so far?
You would think it would be becoming an award-winning author or bestseller! But, it's more rewarding to see and hear the positive and impactful changes people make in their own lives and community through my recipes and low-waste lifestyle advice.
What change-maker/s do you look up to and why?
I look up to my wife, Venetia. She's strong, kind and brave. She's always challenging me to be more creative in the kitchen and more compassionate with others. There's no one else I'd rather face the climate crisis with than her.
If you could save one species at the click of your fingers, what would it be?
Our soils. Soil is full of life. It is often said that a handful of soil has more living organisms than there are people on Earth. Soils are the stomach of the earth: Consuming, digesting, and cycling nutrients and organisms. We need to be kinder to our soils.
Why is it important for brands/companies to become more responsible?
It's both of our responsibilities to be informed. Brands need us to be aware and informed too, so that they can better themselves. We live in a ‘throwaway’ society and our current economic status is linear — we all need to move towards a circular economy and waste less.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what is one thing you would want to have with you?
Books — I love reading.
What are some small changes people can make in their everyday lives to help save the environment (specifically, in your field)?
Waste less food now! Shop smarter by creating a list before you shop, plan your meals and cook your food, save your leftovers and eat them too, donate unwanted or cooked food to charities, friends or even your neighbors and don’t forget to compost - put your food scraps back into our soils to regenerate new health to the planet.