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virblatt ist eine Familie.

Eine Familie, die sich zum Ziel gesetzt hat, etwas zu bewirken. Wir möchten nicht nur alternative Mode kreieren. Nein wir möchten einen Unterschied machen. Heute sind wir keinesfalls perfekt. Dies zu behaupten würden wir uns niemals anmaßen. Aber wir kämpfen jeden Tag hart dafür ein Stück weit nachhaltiger und fairer zu werden. 

Uns liegt das Wohlergehen aller beteiligter Menschen vom Zulieferer bis hin zu dir, unserem Kunden und Freund, besonders am Herzen. Gemeinsam möchten wir ein nachhaltiges Unternehmen betreiben, welches abseits aller Regeln des Kapitalismus nicht auf niedrige Preise, sondern vermehrt auf eine ökologische- und soziale Verträglichkeit setzt. 

Begleite uns auf dieser Reise und helfe uns dabei den richtigen Weg zu gehen. Auch wir sind schon falsch abgebogen. Aber es sind unsere Freunde und Familie und auch du, die uns den Weg weisen. Unsere Herzen sprechen eine Sprache und diese will eine gesunde und schöne Welt für uns und unsere Kinder erhalten. 

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  1. virblatt builds water filters

    We are in 2017 AD, the whole world is occupied by capitalists ... The whole world? No! A village in the North of Thailand inhabited by invincible people does not cease to resist the invader. This is where our next journey takes us. It is not about capitalism, but about something much more fundamental. Colorless, odorless, tasteless and without any nutritional value; yet essential to life - clean drinking water. It all happens in the PunPun Center for Self Reliance. An organic farm in Mae Tang for the preservation of local seed, sustainable life and learning. In principle, the founders resort to a more independent lifestyle by producing organic food themselves, building their own natural homes from clay and experimenting with all kinds of low-tech resources. In doing so, the principles of today's experts/know-it-all are fundamentally contradicted. It is not about knowledge but about experimenting with knowledge and opening new doors. Errors are not errors in the actual sense, but simply additional learning opportunities. Experts and students learn together on a level playing field; everyone learns from the other. Joint experimentation and joint learning through direct practical applications are the focus here. The aim of our trip is a workshop for the construction of a water filter system based on biochar. Up to 300 L (with a small system) or up to 2000 L (with a large system) of clean drinking water can be produced per day. The filter system was developed in cooperation with Aqueous Solutions and all building instructions are accessible to everyone. (http://www.aqsolutions.org/?page_id=927). Just keep in mind that: the broth from a Thai pond which stands all day in the blazing sun or the polluted water from rivers, which is as a result of so-called SOC (Synthetic Organic Compounds such as Agrochemicals, pharmaceutical residues or contamination from fossil fuels) can be converted into drinking water by an inexpensive water filter for under $ 100. We are thrilled! In order to get water for our experimental set-up, we had to drill a 9-meter deep well by hand due to lack of rivers nearby. The equipment included only a small diesel generator, a tripod, a garden hose and our workforce. The next thing after such a day in the sun would simply be to fall into bed. A bell dragged us out of the trance and calls for joint dinner. Through two high clay columns, we stepped into a wide room without windows. This doesn’t mean it is dark. The windows are not installed. A somewhat knee-high table stretches through the entire length of the room and at the edges of which straw mats are spread. The climate in the room was pleasantly cool and light windbreaks caressed the hairs. Faces of people from more than 20 countries look at you, smiling and exhausted. The food of Mae (the Thai word for mother), Dang is certainly the best we have eaten in Thailand. A successful conclusion of the evening was achieved with a philosophical seminar about Jon Jandai on the subject: "Why life is easy. If life is not easy it's wrong ": D. Simple, authentic, refreshing and recommended. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21j_OCNLuYg) The next day we started the construction of the filter system. It consisted of 4 tanks filled with different materials for filtering the water. The first is filled with gravel for filtering out coarse impurities. The sand in the second filter removes finer impurities. Upon using the water filter, a so-called biofilm or dirt layer forms on the sand layer and filters out the first biological substances and serves as a pre-filter for the biochar. In the third tank there is the biochar and the fourth tank is designed as a reservoir for the drinking water. We produced the biochar at night. Technically speaking, biochar is produced by pyrolysis (gasification at approx. 900 ° C) of crushed cellulosic material such as wood, bamboo or maize. It is an incomplete combustion with hardly any CO2 produced. The result is biochar. The heat causes tars and resins from the surface of the material to dissolve and then evaporate. This has two advantages: on the one hand, biological contamination is absorbed in the resulting compartment. On the other hand, the total surface area of ​​the material is increased to 400 m² per gram of biochar (thus 8 million m² or 800 hectares for 20 kg). As a result, the water filters can be operated at full performance for 2-3 years without having to change the biochar. We smashed the biochar into pieces with a diameter of 15 mm; for almost 2 days Apart from the ingenious water filter system, PunPun was a unique experience. We cannot describe the atmosphere in words. Everyone should experience it themselves! Environmental engineer Nate Reents is one of the developers of the biochar based water filters and he was the one who guided us throughout the two weeks showing his passion and sharing his knowledge for low-tech water technologies. He has accomplished many projects in Latin America and Myanmar, where the filters are needed the most. The Pun Pun projects do not just aim at integrating the systems at the Thai Myanmar border but also to teach them how to build them themselves – creating low cost systems based on local materials. Together with you, we want to support this project. You can round up for donation in our online Shop for harem pants and alternative clothes. virblatt – think about it. more...
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  2. Hammock

    The new virblatt magazine "Hammock"

    Do you want to know who is in our hammock? Get inspired by Elena and Matteo, who share their thoughts about a fascinating alternative lifestyle. Dive deeper into the diverse cultures of Southeast Asian hill tribes, discover the best places in and around Chiang Mai and meet the beautiful traveling soul Mali Pah. more...
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  3. Brick by brick

    Coming from the southern part of Germany we were taught one thing: “Work hard, work hard, build your own little house.” However, this wisdom seems to be twisted in northern Thailand - or have we misunderstood something? The wisdom in Germany should be terminologically correct: Work hard, work very hard and maybe work even a little bit harder to have enough money to be creditworthy to pay off the loan for the next 30 years that you need for the construction company that will build your dream of your home. What is lost in the process? Time, you - and of course the fun. We were looking for a more pragmatic approach and found what we were looking for. Our trip takes us to Mae Tang near the Mae Ngat Dam, about 2 hours north of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Jon Jandai (Phi Joe) founded the Eco Community Pun Pun about 20 years ago and is the pioneer in clay house construction in Thailand. According to Phi (the Thai name for big brother) Joe, building a mud house is the easiest way to build a house, anyone can do it. Adults can do it, children can do it - you can do it! All you need is your body...and if we build a house in less than a year and for less than 10,000 USD, we have saved almost 29 years. How one wants to offset 29 years of life in Dollars is quite a difficult and philosophical question. So let´s get started before we lose more time and build a new clay house for Nate and Phi Yao. The place Nate and Phi Yao have chosen for their mud house is picturesque. Surrounded by rice fields and the southernmost foothills of the Himalayas, every sunrise and sunset are an experience. The natural swimming lake/water reservoir, which was built last year, create an indescribable ambience. Young and inquisitive people from over 20 countries have come to learn and help them build their new home. At the beginning we stand in a huge mud hole (former rice field), whose contents are to be transformed into a single-family house. How can you do that? Very simple: mix clay, dried rice husks, sand and water and tread until it becomes soft. The creamy earth mass is then poured into moulds, set up for drying and needs to be observed. If there are large cracks when the bricks are sun-drying, there is too much clay in the material. If they burst into thousands of individual parts during the crushing test on the ground, the proportion of sand must be worked on. Local soil conditions are different all over the world and trial and error is the only way to success. That being said, at the end of our time we made more than 6,000 clay bricks and quickly got a good feeling for the perfect mixture. Then, brick by brick, the walls are gradually build. A mortar made of clay, sand and a rice husk mix is used as a binding agent. The 5-meter-wide and 3-meter-high arches were also very interesting to build. First a wooden construction was made, which holds the clay bricks until they support and strengthen themselves by their own weight. A string and a nail for centering the arc and a few stones for adjusting the angle of the clay bricks are enough to build such a masterpiece. Of course, we are particularly proud of the last stone. After almost two weeks, we managed to finish half of the house and learned how to mix plaster and clay paint from the above components. For practical reasons, not all elements of the house were built from natural and local materials. Experience has shown that termites in Thailand make it impossible to lay a loamy soil and foundation, or a durable roof construction made of wood. That is why we have used concrete for the foundation and metal for the roof construction. We at virblatt are thrilled to have learned this old way of building houses. It was an indescribable event to stand in our self-built natural walls, which continuously absorb and release water (humidity) and heat to have a pleasant room climate all year round. We are impressed by the possibility that everyone can build their own four walls from natural resources. And we are grateful to have met all the loving and interesting people during this workshop. It is indescribable what a close relationship you build with people and materials in a short time when you work together on such a valuable project: We built a house! Life is easy! think about it. virblatt more...
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  4. We have never had a more rewarding reason to travel than this

    We were in Siem Reap, Cambodia. And we were on our way to open a school. We left Siem Reap early in the morning for the longest drive through construction sites, potholes, twists and turns that kept us all on the edge of our seats. But it wasn't just the crazy road that had us all alert and excited. We had been looking forward to this day for months now. From the moment that we had agreed to join an NGO called Child’s Dream in building a school for over 350 children. With our school supplies and goodies that we had gathered for the school at the back of our minivan taxi, and our bellies full with delicious Cambodian food, we did not expect to see all of these children, plus their parents, village elders and military personnel waiting for us when we arrived. And yet they were all there, ready to overwhelm us with their love and gratitude. The school had prepared an opening ceremony which was blessed by Buddhist monks to banish away any evil spirits from the area and bring luck and prosperity to each of the staff and pupils that would attend lessons there. After the ceremony, the Minister of Education for the Battambang Province, a representative from the Child’s Dream organization and one of the donators that is very close to us addressed the audience of aspiring students, their parents and village supporters. We were treated to a traditional Khmer dance that was accompanied by the beautiful singing of a young Cambodian woman whose voice still echoes in our ears today. After the dance, and still in a whirlwind of sensory overloading, we cut the ribbon and officially opened the school building to the public. Once the ceremony was over, everything went very fast. Children made their way home, the Buddhist decorations were dismantled, new chairs and tables were put up and food and drinks were brought out for everyone to share around large round tables. There was laughing, dancing, and happiness all round as we imagined the future of the new school together with the community that would use it. It is difficult to portray how we felt that day, and our highlight of the day was even more fulfilling: We handed over a backpack with school supplies to every single child watching how grateful and enthusiastic they were to learn holding on to the new backpack they have just received. The donation of these backpacks and the stationary supplies was made possible by you and your contribution. The collection of all small amounts that were rounded up for donation through your orders contributed to this gift. We realized once more how much of a difference a small gesture can make.   In telling you this, we would like to give you the warmest thanks for all of the help you sent through to us. And so, we want you to know how grateful we are for your support and loyalty to our mission to create sustainable fashion, because with your help, we were able to share the rewards of our hard work with people who deserve it. We are so proud to have such an amazing support base. We are also eternally grateful to the Child’s Dream organization for all of their hard work and determination to create empowering spaces for marginalized and disadvantaged communities across Asia. Please go and check out their website to learn more about this organization which has built over 300 schools over the past 15 years. We are still overwhelmed; our hearts are full of joy and pride. And we cannot thank everyone who was involved in this project enough. Together we can make the world a better place, think about it. Åkhun more...
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  5. How to wear harem pants during autumn and winter?

    virblatt has the perfect solution for you, no need to keep your alternative style in the closet. Harem pants are a great choice to wear during winter time. You can create nice outfits for day and night.

    Most harem pants that virblatt offers in the online shop are made of cotton and knitted cotton, they are not too transparent or too light for an everyday outfit and you can simply match them with flats or boots, sneakers or hills (for ladies of course!). Put on a top and a nice short jacket and you are ready.

    If it gets colder you can opt for our jeans harem pants and extra-warm harem pants as winter clothes:

    These are three great pants that will keep you warm and comfortable while keeping your alternative clothing style.

    Kopfkino drop crotch jeans are like jeans but made of 100% thick and robust cotton in different color variations. The low crotch allows you freedom in all movements. You can wear these mens harem pants with everything just like a pair of jeans.

    Unüberlegt x-warm drop crotch pants are a must-have. They are 2 pants in 1 because these winter harem pants are reversible with a single colored side and a reversible checkered side. A beautiful mandala embroidery was added on the side pocket of the plain colored side and an elastic.

    Steppenwolf drop crotch pants mens and womens are a more hippie style garment, for those that are not able to renounce to hippie pants during winter completely. With beautiful patterns in the crotch these wide leg pants are your perfect alternative apparel for autumn and winter.

    Harem pants by virblatt are perfect for men and for women, don´t go without them just because it gets cold outside!

    We are happy to accompany you on your journey!

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