Going Plastic-Free? Here's Where You Can Buy Your Eco-Friendly Essentials!

Is this year's resolution or your personal mission to become a part of the sustainable movement? If you've been considering of helping Mother Nature in your own little way, you have to know that the road to zero-waste takes a little bit of effort and commitment. After all, change starts with you.

Start small and get better at it every day until those small steps make a huge difference in the long run. Here's a list of local products that will surely bring you closer to the zero-waste lifestyle you aim to have! 

Kitchenware

Did you know that Asia is the biggest plastic polluter of the ocean in the world? Such a sad fact but The Philippines is actually part of the top 5 that has the most plastic consumption every year. From plastic straws to plastic grocery bags, imagine if the items you regularly use have reusable alternatives to make this world less wasteful.

1. Straws

 

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  • Sip Steel Straws
    Where to find them: Facebook | Instagram | Website
    Price: P120 (classic) to P250 (duo set) 
     
  • Bambuhay Bamboo Straw
    Where to find them: Facebook | Instagram 
    Price: P30 (regular) to P70 (milk tea)

2. Cutlery set

 

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3. Reusable Water Bottles or Cups

4. Reusable Bags

 

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5. Reusable food wraps

  • The Green Switch Silicone Bags
    Where to find them: Facebook
    Price: P230/pc

6. Eco-friendly plates

 

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  • TreeMaria Leaf Plates
    Where to find them: Facebook | Instagram 
    Price: P150 to P1,400

Health & Beauty

We know, we know, self-care is important. But wouldn't it be even greater if in the process of caring for yourself, you're taking care of Mother Earth as well? Below are a few 

1. Toothbrush

  • Minka Bamboo Toothbrush
    Where to find them: Facebook | Instagram | Website
    Price: P199.75
     
  • The Bamboo Company Toothbrush & Toothbrush Holder
    Where to find them: Facebook 
    Price: P149

2. Menstrual Cups

 

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3. Reusable Cloth

  • Hamsa Earth Conscious Cloth Rounds
    Where to find them: Facebook | Instagram 
    Price: P345/25pcs
     
  • Green Pads Face Mask 
    Where to find them: Facebook | Instagram 
    Price: P70
     
  • mommayogibabystuff Cloth Diaper
    Where to find them: Instagram | Shopee
    Price: P320 to P350
     
  • Binibining Lakambini Reusable Pads
    Where to find them: Facebook | Instagram | Website
    Price: P160 to P350/pc

4. Eco-friendly Makeup & Skincare

  • Ellana Mineral Cosmetics
    Where to find them: Facebook | Instagram | Website
    Price: P299 to P699
     
  • Purple Butterfly Body Products
    Where to find them: Facebook 
    Price: P55 to P250/30ml
     
  • The Soap Story Handcrafted Soap
    Where to find them: Facebook | Instagram
    Price:
     
  • Finn Beeswax Candles, Natural Make-up and Serums
    Where to find them: Instagram 
    Price:
     
  • Zero Basics Deodorant, Black Toothpaste, Moringa Soap and Insect Repellant
    Where to find them: Facebook
    Price: P120 to P250

Package-free Stores

Food packaging is a huge part of our food waste problem and what better way to lessen it than have a sustainable way to stock up on essentials? Here's to hoping there are more grocery stores offering no plastic packaging urging consumers to bring their own bags instead and offer package-free items. 

 

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  • Ritual Food & Drinks, Bath & Body and Green Cleaning
    Where to find them: Facebook | Instagram | Website
    Price: P15 to P400
     
  • Got Heart Shop Liquid Soaps and Package-Free Bar Soaps
    Where to find them: Facebook 
    Price: P1.50 to P3 per gram
     
  • Cleopatra's Secret Skincare 100% All Natural Healing Face Masks
    Where to find them: Facebook | Instagram
    Price: starts at P150

Communities

Joining groups online so you can talk to like-minded individuals and people who have been living a zero-waste lifestyle for quite some time now would be of great help if you have no idea on where to start. There are a few communities you can find: Buhay Zero-Waste and MUNI Community are just two of the many groups bringing together people leading a zero-waste lifestyle and where you can seek advice from. 

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