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5 Ways to Go Zero Waste at MUNI Market 2017


#MUNIonThis: A 2015 study in Science journal estimates millions of tons of plastic waste get dumped into our oceans annually, with middle-income nations, including the Philippines, among the top contributors. Furthermore, trash generated by Philippine cities is expected to increase by 165% in 2025.

But by conscious individual action to go “zero waste” in how we consume and dispose of things everyday, and collective action to enact proper solid waste management and waste reduction in our communities, we can change that figure.

[Read: MUNI Market 2017: Beyond Conscious Consumerism]

Here are just some ways we can help get you started with a Zero Waste Lifestyle at the upcoming MUNI Market on April 8-9 at Capitol Commons! (more…)

Articles, Design & Innovation, Environment, Shopping & Consumption

Cut The Crap with The Plastic Solution’s #StuffItChallenge


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We’ve always wanted to promote simple yet significant ways individuals can contribute to improving their communities and the planet. And when we found out about The Plastic Solution, we immediately knew it was an initiative we’d want to support.

Even though our levels of knowledge may be different, we all know that plastic contributes to waste, which is also why we make a case for reusable bottles, and a case against disposable straws, chopsticks (though this is wood, it still feeds disposable culture), and irresponsible cigarette butt litter.

There are hardly any innovations in plastic so far the make it completely recyclable and unharmful to the environment. And even then, what are we to do with all the unrecyclable plastic that’s already out there? (more…)

Articles, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Founder's Diary

Why Fight A Losing Battle: A Conversation with Gela Petines of Reef Nomads


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In July 2015, I went on a month-long volunteer SCUBA expedition for a conservation organization in Southern Leyte. I thought it was simple: I would learn more about marine wildlife and setting up Marine Protected Areas, while doing something I loved – diving!

However, little did I know that this excursion (coupled with reading the desolate first half of a supposedly hopeful New York Times Bestseller “This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein) would lead me into a rabbit hole of despair. In the book, I wondered what the fate of the planet would be in light of all the seemingly infinite human greed and exploitation. Simultaneously, in real life, I questioned how even well-meaning conservation efforts ultimately failed to achieve their intended results, and in some cases, made matters even worse.

For two weeks after I had gotten back, I was unproductive at work, and questioning the impact of the work I do with MUNI – pingponging between thoughts that a) little lifestyle tweaks were not enough and that I should do more, and that b) perhaps we don’t stand a chance, and I should just not care, just be blissful and happy, and just enjoy what I can while I can.

A recent Facebook post by a friend reminded me about how I eventually got myself out of that funk, and how I continue to keep myself out of that desolate void. (more…)

Articles, Environment, Shopping & Consumption, Volunteerism

Chill While Changing The World + The Lazy Person’s Guide To Saving The Planet


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Sometimes, the world’s problems can be overwhelming, and when we think about all that needs to be done, it can make us retreat into our bubble of comfort because: “Hey, I’m not the philanthropic type. I won’t set up an NGO or social enterprise. I’m comfortable where I am.”

Now, I’m not here to judge you or  convince you to do otherwise. In fact, I say that You Don’t Need To Be A “Go-getter” To Do Great Things…you don’t have to move mountains to create change (in fact, we highly discourage tampering with mother nature). (more…)

Articles, Environment, Food & Travel

#HowIFly Beyond Single-Serve Tourism: Environmentally and Culturally Mindful Travel


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“Everywhere I travel, tiny life. Single-serving sugar, single-serving cream, single pat of butter. The microwave Cordon Bleu hobby kit. Shampoo-conditioner combos, sample-packaged mouthwash, tiny bars of soap. The people I meet on each flight? They’re single-serving friends,” said the Narrator in cult movie Fight Club.

When we travel many of us tend to think single-mindedly about the sights we ought to go to, the things we ought to see, eat or do, the social media posts we ought to make, but oftentimes, this socially developed travel habit takes away from us appreciating a place as it is, and experiencing things as they come.

The beauty of travel lies in serendipity of chance encounters, having more meaningful interactions with those we meet, and developing deeper solidarity with locals to retain what is good and beautiful in their land, sea and culture. (more…)