Thanks to climate change, the archipelago we call home has become even more vulnerable to natural disasters. One way to help fight damage is by being mindful consumers. When we support ventures which are passionate about helping our beloved planet, we all win.
Here are some practical, forward-thinking green companies that you might want to check out.
A luxurious experience need not be wasteful. At Cocoon Boutique Hotel, you can enjoy a sosyal staycation in their indulgent rooms without feeling guilty. The upcycled furniture and repurposed wood give the hotel an opulent but very natural feel. They even have their own rooftop garden where they grow spices and herbs for their kitchen! Owners Atty. Ramon and Gigi Vinzon went out of their way to create a sustainable hotel, but because everything was planned well, their guests would never feel deprived. Laging Handa, Diliman, Quezon City; +63 2 9212706
Biking is already a good way to decrease one’s ecological footprint, but Bambikes takes it a step further because their bikes are made from bamboo. Quite surprisingly, their bikes actually have a clean, sleek look — not messy, not tacky. It’s the perfect way to make a statement about going green. If you don’t think that you want to invest in a bike, you can still enjoy Bambikes by joining their Intramuros tours. Plaza San Luis Complex, Real St. corner General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila; +63 2 5258289.
ECHO stands for Evironment, Community Hope Organization. They describe themselves as the combination of “Body Shop and Wholefoods”. Basically, they sell sustainable, green, organic products to offer customers guilt-free options. The community aspect of the brand helps marginalized groups by providing sustainable livelihood. Our favorites? They have specialty coffee from Bukidnon and Benguet at reasonable prices. G/F The Podium, ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong; +63 2 4702688. Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm / Fri-Sun 10am-10pm
Who has not heard of them yet? They’ve made a name for themselves with their renowned bamboo speaker dock. This Cebu-based green company has gotten bigger, and they now offer more products, but they still have the humble speakers that caught the world’s attention when they were first released in 2012. It’s the perfect gift for your cousins abroad. You may purchase their products here. Their items are also avialable in selected branches of Bo’s Coffee.
Mahogany has never been this practical, useful and fashionable. Woodslingers Marco and Mario Sebastian make brilliant use of their trees by making anything and everything — from tablet stands to beautiful serving plates to timeless dinner tables. With their skill and artistry, it’s like they’re just playing with wood! They recently impressed the kitchen experts at Madrid Fusion because of their beautiful kitchen items. You might want to buy your Christmas presents from these guys, but you need to make your list early because they’re in demand. They usually join bazaars. Get in touch with them through their Facebook page.
Perhaps you have a friend or relative who’s about to give birth soon? It would be nice to gift them with hybrid cloth diapers made from organic cotton materials. Disposable diapers fill up our landfills so this reusable option is a much better choice. They come in modern, fashionable designs. You can make a special order if you have a specific print in mind. They even have a Heneral Luna diaper! You may check out their collection here.
Reducing cars on the road is one surefire way to help the environment get better. If taking the MRT or riding a jeepney to work sounds too much for you, then you should try the P2P bus. It’s clean, efficient and it follows a schedule. It’s trying to copy the more efficient bus systems of our neighboring countries. The sad thing? It doesn’t seem to be getting as much support as it should. The government might find a reason to take it away if the commuting public won’t show support. If you haven’t already, please give it a try. You might find yourself enjoying the best Manila commute of your life. Their routes and schedules are on their Facebook page.
Cleaning materials are usually made using harsh chemicals, aside from being harmful to the environment, it can also be harmful to your home, especially if you have kids. Messy Bessy is a line of cleaning materials that offers a good alternative for those who want a natural, chemical-free option. They are safe and biodegradable, so it’s good for you and the the planet. Our favorite is actually their bug spray. It’s a must-have, especially this dengue season. Their products are available in various shops and groceries. Here’s a list.
The trend of using bags and pouches made from tetra packs has been around for quite a while now, but going green doesn’t really go out of style. Bazurabags upcycles waste packaging from juice manufacturers in Manila to create hip and useful bags. These materials would otherwise be deposited in landfills. Our tip? Use a Bazurabag to eliminate the use of plastic bags when you go shopping. Their products are available in US and Canada. Here’s their catalogue.
It’s actually quite surprising how fashionably sleek these kawayan watches look. They’re made from bamboo and they come at a pocket-friendly price. What’s even better? These timepieces are quiped with premium Japanese Miyota 2035 mechanism for the movement. Oh and they’re waterproof too. They would be perfect gifts for boyfriends and brothers. Check out their collection here.