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10 local zero-waste stores to initiate you into sustainable living

Covering Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao

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It’s not just a fad—sustainability is here to stay. People are finally catching up with what scientists told us years ago: Living the way we do now accustomed to single-use plastics will lead the planet to ruin. And now, the sustainable mindset is gaining traction as more and more stores are opening across the metro as well as in the southern islands. While an environmentally conscious lifestyle starts at home, it’s the businesses and organizations that’ll make a huge impact on how we live our lives if they adopt the same environment-friendly thinking. With that, here are ten zero-waste stores across the Philippines where you can buy zero-waste products in bulk:

BEING ECO

Planning to go on a Keto diet? This Baguio-based store can help you out. Being Eco also sells a number of organic food products such as loose leaf and blooming tea, aside from their numerous household and self-care alternatives.

Located at 2F, Stall 4, SB Building, Session Road, Baguio City

ROOTS KATIPUNAN

Roots has been growing in popularity for a couple of years now, first for its innovative co-working concept and now for its zero-waste focused business mindset. Their dry goods shelves are chock full of superfoods perfect for health buffs.

Unit 106, FBR Arcade, 317 Katipunan Ave., Quezon City

GOT HEART SHOP

Under the Got Heart Foundation which also handles Earth Kitchen, Got Heart Shop offers carefully curated products that support indigenous communities and small business partners.

Lot 10 B-10 Katipunan Ave., White Plains, Quezon City

HUMBLE MARKET

Their food products range from adlai and almonds to goji berries and Himalayan pink salt. Humble Market also offers a “21-day plant-based reset” in partnership with registered dietician Amanda Barnes wherein customers can sign up to a three-week meal plan to detoxify and cleanse your body.

YDG Coffee, Mandala Park, Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong

RITUAL

An advocate of plastic-free shopping, Ritual is also a big supporter of local products, with their food and drinks section selling everything from balucucha from Ilocos Sur, mascobado sugar from Antique, yahores from Negros Oriental, kalumata from Isabela, and more.

2F, Languages International Bldg., 926 Arnaiz Ave., Makati

REFUSE

This zero-waste store in the South sells sustainable kitchen product alternatives such as bees wax wraps in place of cling wraps, and foil and bamboo fiber plates in place of plastic plates.

Pop Culture, 2F, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City

SIERREZA

While their sustainable efforts are admirable, it may be Sierreza’s commitment to supporting the Filipino farmer that deserves the most applause. One must-try product on their shelves is their homemade granola mix which consists of bananas, coconuts, peanuts, and cacao nibs straight from katutubo farmers.

Agapita Road, Los Baños, Laguna

WALA USIK

One of the first zero-waste stores opening its doors in Bacolod City, this cafe and store in Negros Island was recently recognized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for its environmental advocacy. Fun fact: “wala usik” means “no wastage” in the Hiligaynon dialect.

Door 6, Teresa Bldg., Mandalagan, Bacolod City

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We’re amazed at the heartwarming support we received during the soft opening of Wala Usik: Tiangge + Kapehan ☕️🌱 Negros island’s first zero-waste store and cafe, it is located in Bacolod City. Giving birth to Wala Usik is the ultimate way to celebrate the Philippines’ National Zero-Waste Month, and WE THANK YOU for being part of this community! ♻️💚 There’s much more potential this place has for social enterprise and environmental education, and we’re so excited to share with you what we’ve got in store. 😍👌🏼Wala Usik is a shared space for our growing consciousness on sustainability. Salamat gid sa inyo tanan! See you sa #WalaUsik. 📸: @sefyrrr from the same team behind @danjuganisland and @sweep.ph #MoreFishNotPlastic #goSWEEP #zerowaste

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HAPPY EARTH STORE

Sustainable CDO citizens, grab your herbs and spices (using your own containers) at Happy Earth Store where they sell nutmeg, five spice, clove, ginger powder, atsuete, curry leaves, and garam masala. Happy Earth Store also has a number of homemade, healthy recipes in store such as overnight oats, unsweetened Greek yogurt, and Nay Sanlyn’s mango float.

Lane 101, Masterson Ave., Cagayan de Oro

CROFT BULK FOODS

This “eco-ethical” store puts plastic reduction at the heart of their mission, bringing the conscious consumption movement all the way to Mindanao. The people behind Croft Bulk Foods are the same minds behind The Vegan Dinosaur in Davao City.

Unit 6, Paseo Uno Bldg., Ruby St., Marfori Heights, Davao City

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