Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Run for the Pasig River

This will take place tomorrow. Hopefully, the aims of this activity will be met. Good luck to all the runners!

For more info, click here.

Green Store Review: Eco Market

To be green is to be practical.

This is why I used to frown at so-called green products that have outrageous prices. These products can have a greater and more significant impact on the environment only if we can bring down the prices and make them more affordable to the mass market. Since freight is a major price component, it is great that we now have locally-made organic household cleaning and hygiene products like Messy Bessy and Ilog Maria that are available in Eco Market stores.

Afew weeks ago, I passed by the Eco Market kiosk at Trinoma and was enticed by the variety of their reasonably-priced products. I bought a bit of this and that from their personal hygiene, household cleaning and baby collections. They all worked well and smelled great! Plus, they wrap purchases in earth-friendly packaging. I'm happy and will definitely patronize them.

Oh and they will definitely make great Christmas presents. Check out Messy Bessy's 2009 Christmas Catalogue here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Green Makeover: Refurbishing a Used Envelope


Sans the writings, this brown envelope should still be good enough to use. However, there is a possibility that the last recipient will no longer use it given that it's no longer pleasing to look at.

So in accordance to the green initiatives in the office, we decided to give this used envelope a little face lift. We designed a label that is easy to print from its .pdf format. (Printing on the other side of a used paper is preferred.)

A sender will just have to write the delivery details on one box. Upon receipt, the recipient has to cross out the same box and write on the other for the next correspondence. This is so spontaneous that this brown envelope can now be routed within the office for up to 34 times.


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Opinion: All Roads in Rural Mindanao Start with Solar Energy

The solar panels installed in Palimbang and other rural towns in Mindanao may have produced more watts to light up optimism among those who have read the news.

Availability of electricity in such economically underprivileged and conflict-ridden areas will enable improved access to information and livelihood. Residents can listen to their AM radios or watch television news programs that will keep them updated with the latest events in the country. The same news cited sari-sari stores extending their business hours and even offering cellphone battery charging services at minimal fees.

Aside from these, children can already study more comfortably with sufficient lighting in their classrooms and in their homes at night. Soon, these children will have access to the Internet and other educational media such as the Knowledge Network.

Further, we can expect more roads that will allow SMEs and large enterprises to flourish in the off-grid towns in Mindanao. At the same time, won't it be too much wishful thinking to expect that insurgencies may be lessened when children, who are supposedly brainwashed into joining rebel groups such as the Abu Sayyaf, have means to better education?

The fact that solar energy is basically free entails hope for the Filipinos in Mindanao. However, will there be any efforts to make solar panels affordable?

Solar energy ends darkness in town, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 09 Aug 2009

Celebrate Greenology at Ayala Malls

Long before green was in fashion, Ayala Malls was in on it, says the half-page ad in today's Inquirer.

This does not come as a surprise as Ayala companies are known to operate both sustainably and responsibly.

Ayala Malls invites its goers to celebrate Greenology, their earth-friendly philosophy, with them in a series of activities that will run from August to September 2009.

Eco Tote (Aug)

Be eco-fab in a wide selection of reusable bags designed by well-known Filipino designers such as Louis Claparols, Michi Calica-Sotto, Vic Barba, Patrice Ramos-Diaz, Jun Escario and Randy Ortiz from the Filipino Zone in Greenbelt 5.

The bags are to be sold at each mall's concierge stations for Php 400. For each sale, Php 100 goes to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Eco Art (Aug 28 - Sep 11)

Art installations aiming "to educate the shoppers of how much garbage is consumed by using plastics or paper cups" is to be exhibited simultaneously at various Ayala Malls during the period. Eco Art is made by renowned artists Alma Quinto, Pete Jimenez, Mac Valdezco and Ral Arrogante together with students from various universities.

Eco Dash (Sep 13)

A fun run will be held at Bonifacio High Street for the benefit of Bantay Kalikasan.

Green Line (Sep 16 -30)

Be even more eco-fab by purchasing clothes and accessories from the Green Line at the Filipino Zone in Greenbelt 5. Designers who are said to participate are Aranaz, Arnel Papa, Barba, Bonne Bouche, Gaupo, Jun Escario, Myth, Paradi, Religioso and Ana Rocha, as well as huge Filipino clothing chains Bayo and Folded and Hung.

For more information, visit the Ayala Malls Greenology page or text AYALA MALLS to 2948 (for Filipino SMS subscribers only).

Sources and For Further Reference:
1. Ayala Malls
2. Circuit Magazine
3. PH Best Deals

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Why Pinoys Should Be More Conscious of Packaging

Apparently, traditional snack and candy wrappers in the Philippines all have to go and therefore contribute to the over 7 tons of garbage that Metro Manila dumps everyday.

During a phone inquiry, the National Solid Waste Management Commission said that wrappers are treated as residual waste.

This is problematic, considering that most local food products have non-biodegradable packaging. Aside from this, other products for mass consumption such as shampoo sachets prove that segregation and recycling efforts are futile if they all have nowhere to go but in the landfill heap.

So what must be done now?

It does seem too much to ask for food manufacturers to use green packaging for their products. One of the reasons may have something to do with costs.

However, individuals shouldn't consider their voice too little to be heard. In fact, consumers as a whole can do so much by creating the demand for green packaging.

So support products with biodegradable wrappers. It wouldn't take long for manufacturers to know why their products are selling less than their competitors.

Let's be on a quest for local green products.

Even Landmark Goes Green!

Green bags are not just a craze. They're a must!

Landmark just joined in the green revolution that will help lessen the use of plastic in Metro Manila. Starting on August 1, grocery shoppers can get the chance to win a nice green bag from Landmark for every Php 500 single receipt purchase of Nestle products. The promo is said to run for three months.

The Landmark Green Bag comes in two designs and can most likely carry larger and heavier groceries than the SM Green Bag since it is made with sturdy canvass.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Join the M.O.B. on Wednesdays

In the Manila party scene, Wednesdays are known for Ladies' Nights where club entrance and drinks are usually free of charge.

These days, however, SM Supermarket gives a new gleam to Wednesdays with its My Own Bag gimmick.

Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags. Otherwise, they can either opt for their groceries to be placed in paper bags or they pay Php 3 per plastic bag, as recounted by The Bachelor Girl.

Sounds like a bore?

Now, here's the fun part. Read on.

If you're an SM Advantage, SM Prestige or BDO Rewards Cardholder, then you get 2 additional points if you shop with your own Green Bag. Click here to view the promo ad.

But if you do not have your SM Green Bag yet, you can purchase it on a Buy 1 Take 1 Basis for only Php 35!

So hurry! Shop at SM Supermarkets and join the M.O.B. on Wednesdays!

Note: The program is being implemented at some SM Supermarkets only, as per SM Supermarket North EDSA representative.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

How to Organize a Tree Planting Activity

Planting trees sound like a very simple activity. But not when we're talking about doing it on a bigger scale while at the same time, facing issues on sustainability.

This was gist behind the creation of PUNLA: A Beginner's Guide to Tree Planting, an initiative of the Environment Committee of the League of Corporate Foundations.

Launched during the 2009 CSR Expo, Punla serves as a D.I.Y. guide to those who would like to embark on a tree planting project. It features case studies of member organizations who have performed their own related activities.

Manuals are available at the LCF Office.
Telephone No.: +63 (2) 892-9189

10 No Sweat Environmental Things to Do

Planning to embark on a green lifestyle?

You don't have to sweat it out. Here's how.

  1. Use a green bag. Keep at least one in the bag which can be used in purchasing items in groceries and department stores.
  2. Do not ask for plastic when buying small items from convenience stores or when buying drinks from fast food chains. They can either be placed in the bag or carried by hand.
  3. Walk. It's a cheap and environmental alternative to the treadmill. Besides, it clears the mind from stress and allows fresh ideas to spring. Anywhere within the Makati CBD can be covered by a 15-minute walk at the most so unless it's too sunny or too rainy, walking should suffice for the regular car and taxi rides. (It also applies to those who work and reside in pedestrian-friendly areas.)
  4. Enable the power saving feature of PCs. A typical employee who works from 8 to 5, spends about Php 500 a day for his/her computer set alone. It will cut down costs if each employee's monitor automatically goes off after 15 minutes of non-activity. (Contrary to popular belief, screen savers do not save on energy.) It's also best to turn PCs off if the user will be gone for 3 hours or more.
  5. Unplug appliances. They still consume electricity even if they're off yet plugged to source.
  6. Print only when necessary.
  7. Print on scratch paper for non-formal correspondences and files.
  8. Recycle and dispose wastes properly. Let the creative juice flow every once in a while. Join the Ayala Malls Recyclables Fair or SM Waste Market after some major spring cleaning at home. Batteries, for example, should not be disposed in regular waste bins. Encourage household help and office maintenance crew to sell recyclables to junkshops.
  9. Be conscious of light and aircon usage. Apparently, these two comprise the majority of house and office energy consumption. Computers come third.
  10. Buy and support "green" products.
How about you guys? What are your favorite environmental things to do?