Breaking Up (With Plastic) Is (Not) Hard To Do: 7 Household Products To Get You Started On Green Living
You can do it, one product at a time!
The Philippines is one of the biggest contributors of plastic pollution in our oceans, entering from coastal areas like the Manila Bay, and Pasig River ranking as the most polluting river in the world. According to a March 2019 GAIA report, the country uses around 60 billion sachets every year.
We encounter single-use plastics each day, and almost every household may have contributed to this shocking number. However, it is not too late! With eco-friendly household products more readily available in the market today, practicing a sustainable lifestyle is definitely easier. Here are some products to get you started on greener living.
An everyday item that we cannot live without are toothbrushes, which are typically made of plastic. Switching to an organic toothbrush—one that’s made from bamboo—can surely minimize our plastic contribution, especially since it is suggested that we replace our toothbrushes every three months.
This bamboo toothbrush from Simula PH comes in 10 colors, and costs Php 80 each. You can also purchase a silicone toothbrush cover to protect it for only Php 100.
Switching to bamboo toothbrushes is a simple change that can positively impact billions of people!
You’ve probably heard Filipino YouTuber Bretman Rock say, “Save the turtles!” multiple times, especially when he sees someone using plastic straws. And you know what? He’s absolutely right! A metal straw is a great alternative, as they can be washed and re-used.
You can purchase metal straws from Sip PH for only Php 70 each. The Rookie Set comes with a cleaning brush and canvas pouch so you can wash your straws hassle-free! You can also have them personalized with quotes and names if you’re planning to send them as gifts!
We might not notice it, but our shampoos and body wash come in bottles too. Whenever we run out of the product itself, we often replace the whole thing instead of refilling their bottles. Because of this, about 9 million tons of plastic are thrown into the ocean annually.
Using a shampoo bar instead of a bottled shampoo can reduce our plastic use. The bars smell good, are still affordable, and most importantly, are good for Mother Earth.
Kua By Nicole has shampoo and conditioner bars for Php 145 to Php 199 each. They are paraben-free, silicone-free, and are available in different scents too!
Heads up, mommies! You can replace disposable diapers with these washable cloth diapers from Baby Leaf. They come in different colors and prints for only Php 295 to Php 395 each.
According to Baby Leaf, “Disposable diapers contain sodium polyacrylate. If you have ever seen the gel-like, super absorbent crystals in a disposable, then you have seen this firsthand. Sodium polyacrylate is the same substance that was removed from tampons because of its link to toxic shock syndrome.” Cloth diapers, on the other hand, are free from these toxic chemicals.
If you’re ditching feminine pads but are not ready for menstrual cups, you might want to give period panties a try.
This underwear may look like your regular panties, but it’s actually a reusable period underwear. Marketed by Mirko PH, it is breathable, resistant to leaks, form-fitting, and can absorb up to 10ml of period blood. It’s Php 275 each, but you can purchase a pack of three for Php 750.
If it’s your first time hearing about sustainable pods, don’t fret! They are similar to your usual cleaner-disinfectants that are tough on grease and stains, but are kinder to our planet.
Suds Sustainable Pods are “proven to have a kill rate of 99.9% on common household germs like E. Coli, S. Aureus, and Salmonella.” Instead of constantly buying disinfectant sprays (which come in disposable plastics), you can opt for pods made with water-soluble and biodegradable synthetic polymer that easily dissolves in water. This way, you’re only using one spray bottle, with zero waste.
A starter kit can be purchased for Php 119 to Php 349 on Lazada.
Make your grocery runs greener by replacing plastic bags with reusable containers to hold your fresh produce.
Zippies PH has cotton mesh produce bags that can carry fruits and vegetables. These are easily washable, and available in small to large sizes. Purchase a pack of 5 for only Php 650.
For orders and inquiries, you may contact Zippies PH on Instagram.