Eco-friendly living is more than just hype.
News all over the world is showing how devastated our marine wildlife is. Social media groups started to expose how plastic polluted our land has become. In the Philippines, numerous efforts by non-government and government agencies come hand in hand to reduce this problem. These include the rehabilitation of different areas and educating people to reduce plastic pollution. We can be part of this revolution by starting to make a difference in ourselves. Changing the way we live towards a plastic-free, zero-waste, and eco-friendly lifestyle can help spread the word and inspire.
Part of my advocacy is to spread awareness about plastic pollution and eco-friendly living by using sustainable products. Almost 90% of people surrounding me, every day, don’t give a damn in segregating and reducing plastic use. That’s when I realized that being an example is more viral than any post in social media. This doesn’t require a drastic change. Little by little, we’ll get there.
Reusing what we have is always the best option. Once these reusable items are worn out, the next step is to choose eco-friendly sustainable products. Organic and fresh produce are good choices, too. Choosing these products over processed food help us become healthy with fewer preservatives and less production of plastic packaging.
There are few shops in the Philippines selling these kinds of product, so here’s a list to help you start moving and take part in this revolution.
7 Local Brands Selling Eco-friendly Products in the Philippines
Refill ‘N Beyond
Refill ‘N Beyond is a package-free store that promotes awareness and sustainable living thru selling organic and homemade products like fabric conditioner, shampoo, bath gel, cookies, and more. It is the first brainchild of a family who was inspired by one of their trips where a bunch of plastics and food waste caused a major disaster. They started becoming more earth conscious and decided to alleviate the waste and plastic issue we are currently facing, one refill at a time. They do business through partnerships with brands and some of them acquired Refill ‘N Beyond to be their mainstay concessionaire.
GOOD NEWS! I’m bringing Refill ‘N Beyond’s Liquid Dish Soap at Harvest Marketplace’ Summer Samahan Bazaar on April 26-28!
MOBILE: 0927 885861
FB: Refill ‘N Beyond
Location: Tagaytay/Eastwood City Libis
PHOTOS: Refill N’ Beyond FB Page
Fetch Naturals is a homegrown brand that is first and the only one in the country to create a complete Pet Care System entirely out of 100% Neem Extract.
Neem extract is primarily used to repel fleas and other parasites and to treat insect bites and skin conditions like mange. It is also known for its moisturizing & anti-inflammatory properties. Aside from Neem, they also have Jicama (singkamas) variant that helps brighten the coat and boost skin moisture. It also helps in skin regeneration. These products are non-toxic, FDA registered and formulated to human standards while remaining pH balanced for dogs, cats, and furry friends.
GOOD NEWS! I’m bringing Fetch Naturals Neem and Jicama shampoo at Harvest Marketplace’ Summer Samahan Bazaar on April 26-28!
Location: 3rd floor Builders Centre, 170 Salcedo St, Legaspi Village Makati
PHOTOS: Fetch Naturals FB Page
Humble Market enables holistic wellness & sustainable living by providing awareness & access to affordable products good for our health & environment. Their products include all-natural food, home, personal care and foodware products, package-free/bulk or in sustainable packaging. I got my reusable facial wipes from this shop. 🙂
CONTACT: (02) 506 1464
FB: humble market
Location: YDG Coffee, Mandala Park, Mandaluyong
PHOTOS: Humble Market FB Page
The Bamboo Company
The Bamboo Company is an eco-friendly start-up aiming to preserve the most cherished memories of beauty and cleanliness in the Philippines by reducing plastic wastes and providing an environment-friendly lifestyle of exploring the world. Their vision is to have clean water around the Philippines where marine life can thrive peacefully and live unharmed by plastic wastes. I won a bamboo tumbler and toothbrush from their giveaway last year. That moment marks my eco-friendly living switch. Right now, I’m curious about their minty flavored bamboo charcoal floss.
FB: The Bamboo Company
PHOTOS: The Bamboo Company FB Page
Eco Switch Shop
The Eco Switch Shop is the home of coconut husk cleaning tools crafted in Batangas. It is like your one-stop shop for wooden kitchen and food wares.
PHOTO: Eco Switch Shop IG
Echostore Sustainable Lifestyle
Echostore Sustainable Lifestyle is another one-stop shop for your eco-friendly products and organic, local food. I bought products from this shop and their Echo Pop Lip Balm is one of my staples. The nearest one for me is at the Podium Mall.
Location: Salcedo Vill, Makati, Podium Mall, Serendra, Centris QC, Davao, Cebu, CDO
PHOTO: Echostore IG
Refuse Philippines aims to give consumers a greener alternative for frequently purchased goods and long-term use items. Their products are locally produced sustainable goods such as household and other personal necessities. These are produced by local makers and brands who are passionate about their individual crafts sharing the same vision for the environment. This one is near the South and I’m checking out this shop real soon! *excited*
Location: Pop Culture, 2nd Flr Alabang Town Center
There you have it, I’m sure these are not the only eco-friendly shops we have in the Philippines. They may be a little harder to find but what matters is they exist! The only thing left is for us to take our part in this journey – to preserve the planet we all call home.