It’s not new to see pictures of turtles and other animals suffering due to all the wastes that pollute their habitats. If your heart bleeds for those poor animals and want to help save the environment, one thing you can do is to lessen your waste.
It’s understandable if you are unable to jump into a zero-waste lifestyle all of a sudden, so here are a few eco-friendly brands that you can look into to get started on living with less waste. Who knows, maybe in the near future, you’ll get the hang of it and soon live totally waste-free.
Paraluman has some common stuff you will typically see in an environment-friendly company, but what stands out is the Sibol Plantable Pencil. Apparently, there are seeds inside every pencils’ capsules. Once you’ve finished using it (i.e. it becomes short enough to use), you can just plant them into a pot with the capsule end down. After a few days when you’ve given it enough sunlight and water, a harvestable plant will grow. You can even choose among the five plants–Chilli, Tomato, Sunflower, Basil, and Mint. Each pencil will only cost you P30! How awesome is that?
Keep Cup (@justhereforthecoffee)
If you drink coffee on-the-go every day, then chances are you use a paper/plastic cup. One way to reduce your waste is to utilize a reusable cup. There are a lot of handy tumblers out there but Keep Cup is one of the cutest. It comes in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and you can even design your own! They even have a Star Wars collection for the sci-fi fans. It’s a beautiful way to make your coffee experience more personal. Their cups start at P400.
The Good Trade PH (@thegoodtrade.ph)
The Good Trade PH was made especially for those who want to start living with zero waste but are overwhelmed to begin. Their Zero-Waste Starter Kit will help anyone start on the right foot. It already contains 1 Bamboo Toothbrush, 1 Bamboo Straw with Cleaner, 1 Organic Lip Balm, and 1 Lunchbox. It would also be delivered in an upcycled katsa or burlap produce bag so you can carry it around. Aside from that, they also have tips and advice on how to lessen your waste in their Instagram account.
Daily Conversations (@dailyconvosshop)
If you think it’s impossible to wash the dishes without plastic, think again. Their Abaca Dishwashing Sponge is just as effective as the real thing. It is made of abaca strings so you’re certain that no threads or yarns were thrown in the process of creating it. Your new Abaca sponge could last for years as long as you take care of it properly.
Zero Waste Philippines (facebook.com/ph.zerowaste)
While it’s not women’s fault for having periods, the disposable napkins contribute to one’s waste. If you really want to step up your zero-waste living, you can consider using a menstrual cup instead of the usual sanitary napkins or tampons. Each menstrual cup can last up to years.
Humble Market (@humblemarketph)
Have you been thinking about where to buy food without creating extra waste? The Humble Market is a package-free store that encourages customers to bring their own reusable bags and containers. Be sure to check them out!