Local Eco-friendly Brands for a Healthier You

Going green is more convenient with these proudly Filipino eco-friendly brands that you should be using right now! By Felice Tusi

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Photo by Bart LaRue on Unsplash
Photo by Bart LaRue on Unsplash

Today, we are seeing more products in the local market that promote a positive impact on the environment. The demand for eco-friendly products has indeed increased, as indicated in the 2015 Nielsen Global Corporate Sustainability Report. More Filipinos, specifically nine in 10, are willing to pay more for services and products from companies who follow sustainable practices.

Fortunately for us, keeping an eco-friendly home is now much easier because we have better access to products that care for Mother Earth. Take the hint from these proudly Filipino brands who can teach us a thing or two about saving the planet.

BEAUTY AND SKIN CARE

V&M Naturals

Ask any beauty blogger in the Philippines to recommend an all-natural skin care line and you might get this answer—V&M Naturals. The brand has a loyal following, thanks to its now-famous Emu Oil-based skin care line that boasts a wide range of handcrafted soaps, serums, lotions and other treats for the skin. The brand has grown to include pure beeswax candles and bespoke fragrances. Every product in their beauty arsenal is free from harmful chemicals such as sulfates,

The brand has grown to include pure beeswax candles and bespoke fragrances. Every product in their beauty arsenal is free from harmful chemicals such as sulfates, alcohol and surfactants that can pollute the environment.

Where to Find it: Ayala 30th Malls, SM North Annex, SM Southmall, SM Megamall, SM MOA

Human Nature

Human Nature provides a range of personal care and beauty products made with a heart (as you can see from its brand logo). They take pride in using ingredients that are natural, safe and locally grown. You can also expect that they don’t test their products on animals. In fact, you can find the seal of approval from the US Natural Products Association right on their labels. Human Nature helps sustain the livelihood of local farmers who work in their partner organic farms. The ever-evolving brand has an extensive lineup, from bath and body care to cleaning supplies for the home.

Human Nature also helps sustain the livelihood of local farmers who work in their partner organic farms. The ever-evolving brand has an extensive lineup, from bath and body care to cleaning supplies for the home.

Where to Find it: Check their website to order online or find a dealer near you

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Ilog Maria

If you’re in the Tagaytay area, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm. You’ll be amazed at the wide range of all-natural products that they make, with the help of a strong army of bees. Honey is regarded as a cure-all for many ailments like indigestion, burns, constipation, even protection from sunburn. It is also the core ingredient in Ilog Maria’s skin and hair products. Their natural soaps and essential oils for aromatherapy are quite popular, too. Production is kept to a minimum to protect the bees. Book a tour inside the farm to learn about the health benefits of honey and beekeeping.

Where to Find it: Silang, Cavite. Store is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 9am to 4pm

HOME CARE

Messy Bessy

When you purchase the Messy Bessy Hand & Body Wash, you’re shooing away toxins and harmful colorants that can find their way into your body. Not only that; you’re also chipping in for the college education of at-risk youths sponsored by the brand’s social innovation program. That’s how Messy Bessy is making a difference in selling biodegradable, natural and non-toxic products for home and personal care. If the attractive packaging doesn’t catch your eye, we’re sure that the affordable price range will.

Where to Find it: Glorietta 2, Trinoma, Market! Market!, Alabang Town Center, UP Town Center, Robinsons Magnolia, SM MOA, SM North Edsa, SM Megamall and SM Southmall

ECHOstore

ECHOstore is fast becoming the go-to place for sustainable and eco-friendly products. You can’t go wrong with their Home Basics line, which features no harmful ingredients, just the good natural ones. Their most well-loved products include Fruit and Veggie Wash, Detergent in liquid and granule form, surface cleaner and room spray.

Where to Find it: Stores are found in Serendra, Salcedo Village, The Podium and Centris Walk. Regional branches are in Cebu and Davao

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Theodore’s Home Care

Do you know that you can get rid of pesky critters in your home without having to rely on commercial insecticides that contain harmful chemicals? Theodore’s Home Care offers pure and natural solutions to your common problems with unwanted house guests. They have all sorts of pest control products to ward off roaches, dust mites, rodents, and ants. They also have air freshening sprays as well as cleaners for specific germ-gathering objects such as yoga mats, telephones, and computer keyboards. Parents need not worry because everything’s safe for kids and those with sensitive skin.

Where to Find it: Theodore’s Home Care is available in Sesou Nature Source found all over Metro Manila. Visit this link for a complete list of branches

FOOD

The Farmery

Enjoying your favorite childhood treat is no longer a guilt-laden experience once you try Organic Chicken Nuggets from The Farmery. Forget the conventional nuggets sold in most supermarkets. The Farmery uses organic chickens raised

The Farmery uses organic chickens raised in a free-range farm that does not use antibiotics and pesticides, giving you and your family a healthier option. You can also bet that there are no preservatives and artificial ingredients that go into making the coating for the nuggets, which come in six exciting flavors.

Where to Find it: Call 0906-582-8485 for inquiries or delivery. Visit their Facebook page to find a partner store near you

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Take Root

When you crave for kale chips in Manila, there’s one name that’s synonymous to the healthy treat. Take Root makes it convenient for you to snack on the Superfood without worrying about cholesterol, MSG and trans fat. Locally sourced kale is actually dried, not fried, to keep the nutrients intact. Using local produce also means a smaller carbon footprint.

The all-natural ingredients are gluten-free and vegan, for the benefit of health buffs out there with strict dietary requirements. Aside from kale chips, Take Root offers other equally healthy snacks such as granola bars, cookies, bliss balls and trail mixes.

Where to Find it: Check their website to order or see the list of stores selling their products

Jordan Farms

Jordan Farms specializes in a variety of traditional and native rice varieties such as organic brown rice, red rice and black rice, to name a few. These locally grown colored grains have more fiber and are loaded with antioxidants to prevent cardiovascular diseases. With Jordan Farms readily available in most supermarkets, you can still enjoy your rice fix without having to worry about health concerns.

Where to Find it: Available in the grains section of leading supermarkets