Mar 16, 2018

Ever since videos showing our daily routine’s adverse effects to the environment surfaced on social media, more and more people have resolved to be more mindful of their waste. For example, some people I know have bought reusable straws. Others use their own tumblers for takeout.

We all have our own methods to reduce waste. But then, there are also ways for bigger companies to help their customers be better consumers. Beauty brand Lush, for example, rewards customers who reuse their tubs. Uniqlo and other clothing brands have recycling stations for old clothes. A Starbucks branch in Makati also claims to reduce carbon footprint by using materials sourced within the vicinity. But what about local enterprises?

Ninja Van

Old shoe boxes, kraft paper, recycled corrugated fiberboard, paper tape, and some twine… every part of my packaging is 100% biodegradable. If there’s anyone who abhors plastic packaging, it’s me. I can’t keep yapping on about sustainability and eco-ladeedah if I ship in those damn plastic pouches. I wrote a post about this last month (see link below) but just wanted to show again that it’s totally possible to ship plastic-free (thank you again Ninja Van for accepting my craycray and letting me ship my way). 🍃💛 . If I use recycled bubble wrap for the fragile items, it’s only because I ran out of recycled corrugated fiberboard. I also encourage you to please recycle my packaging. If you have no use for the boxes and things, you can drop them off at @sastore.escolta at @hubmakelab and I will happily reuse them. ♻️ . Really hoping more online businesses ship plastic-free. I’ve stopped shopping from certain brands because of their senseless packaging overkill. Also, Ninja Van has lower rates than wasteful-plastic-users Xend/JRS/LBC. No extra charges on own packaging too. I highly recommend them. 📦 . Let’s keep plastic away from our oceans, earthlings! 🌊🐠🐋🐬🦈🐳 . To read old post on this shiznit: . . . . #packaging #minimal #eco #ecofriendly #ecoconcious #biodegradable #compostable #recycled #kraftpaper #fiberboard #jute #twine #plasticfree #breakfreefromplastic #paper #tape #sustainable #sustainability #green #zerowaste #zerowasteph #ninjavan #ninjavanph

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I first learned about this courier service late last year through an online skincare shop. Like other more popular courier services, Ninja Van uses plastic to pack items for delivery. But, this isn’t always the case. Plastic packaging isn’t mandatory for Ninja Van. I recently came across an Instagram post from jewelry designer and environmental advocate Daniela Calumba in which she says it’s totally possible to protect products with recycled corrugated fiberboard instead of bubble wrap. Then, she wraps it in paper secured with paper tape and twine. “Really hoping more online businesses ship plastic-free. I’ve stopped shopping from certain brands because of their senseless packaging overkill. Also, Ninja Van has lower rates than wasteful-plastic-users,” she wrote. “No extra charges on own packaging, too.”

Hillside Café and Juice Bar

Photo courtesy of Hillside

After a video of a turtle with a plastic straw stuck on its nose went viral, more people have chosen to use metal and bamboo straws. Unfortunately, not too many restaurants are offering reusable straws. Hillside Café and Juice Bar is one of the restaurants that’s taking their straws seriously. Instead of plastic straws, juices and smoothies at Hillside are served with glass straws.

Common Room

Photo courtesy of Common Room

Popular for a variety of local curios, Common Room is also taking the sustainable path. In a recent Instagram post, the shop has announced that they will only use old recycled paper bags. According to another Instagram post, they’ve always wanted to reuse old paper bags. However, they feared that customers might want fresh, new paper bags. Now, Common Room encourages customers to bring their own bag and even donate old paper bags.


Photo courtesy of Denuo

Denuo is a local fashion brand known for its vintage reclaimed offerings from their Itangi collection. But beyond that, Denuo also donates five percent of its garments to less fortunate communities and upcycles unusable textile.


Photo courtesy of Papemelroti

Paper is a material that can easily be wasted, but it is also one that you can recycle easily. For example, our magazines are printed using recycled paper. Stationery brand Papemelroti utilizes used unbleached paper to create its products. Aside from that, the company also has recycling centers not just for papers but for other things as well.

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