In our last year at Enderun Colleges, we felt an incredible dissatisfaction with the limited/ non-existent green laws and regulations in Metro Manila. Back in 2018, recycling was not enforced, and there were not many green initiatives enforced which reduced the large amount of plastic waste the Philippines was producing. Back then (and currently), the Philippines (as a country) is the third largest contributor to plastic waste.
Both coming from a first world country, we could not stand to watch nothing be done, and personally we couldn't keep ourselves from polluting either. If you have ever tried to go zero-waste in Metro Manila, then you know it is quite challenging. We thought, if we could not enforce laws, then maybe we could provide alternatives; and that is where we started.
We rode the eco-wave and started as an online Instagram seller. Back then, our products were very limited; Metal Straws, Cutlery Sets, Menstrual Cups, Silicone Sponges, and so forth. We donated 10% of our sales to Marine Conservation Philippines in efforts towards local ocean clean-up. Towards the end of 2019, we acquired a new partner, Kim, and grew our employee team as well.
As time passed, we saw the eco-conscious and environmentally-aware community in the Philippines grow exponentially! More sustainable products started to appear, and plastic-bans started to become instilled in cities all around the Philippines! It felt like the movement started to appear, and that going zero-waste was becoming a trend.
This was a VERY big step for the Philippines, but it was not enough.
With so many amazing, sustainable alternatives starting to appear in the Instagram and Facebook platforms, we found it hard to compete (and also useless) with other eco-companies. And as we surveyed, most people who wanted to shift to a more sustainable products found it to be a bit difficult, as there was not many centered places for them to shop for the swaps available. Some people felt intimidated to make the shift, others just felt they didn't know enough about going zero-waste; or even where to begin.
That was when we decided that it was time to change our platform; to create a centralized, accessible, zero-waste shopping outlet and community for all Filipinos.
We invite small, local businesses to consign their products on our website for a very affordable listing fee. We also do not allow 'repeat products', as we want a very fair competition between our merchants also. We encourage Eco-businesses to continue to create new, unique solutions to expand the quantity of sustainable solutions out there for the regular consumer. With more eco-friendly solutions come more eco-friendly services, and the birth of new eco-friendly businesses.
Earthlings Saving our Home was formed to grow the sustainability community; one small, sustainable swap at a time.
Earthlings Saving our Home was formed to grow the sustainable community; one small, sustainable swap at a time.
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