By Samantha Nicole Alariila
Nowadays, more and more environmentally friendly products are entering the local market. Currently, we have tons of natural and organic alternatives to many of the manufactured goods we purchase in stores – one of which would be cleaning products. Think of the many chemicals used to make these cleaning products that may not only be harmful to us, but to the environment as well. Wouldn’t you want to use something safer and eco-friendlier? Luckily, there are plenty of options to choose from:
ECHOstore is a female-founded social enterprise and retail store that carries a wide variety of green, fair trade products created by marginalized community groups from all over the Philippines. From clothes and fashion to stationary and supplies, you can find almost anything you’re looking for here, especially sustainable and eco-friendly cleaning products. Their Home Basics line features natural ingredients, and they have just about everything home care — linen sprays, laundry detergents, dishwashing soap, fruit and veggie washes, multipurpose sprays, insect repellents, and the like. Their bestsellers include the Fruit and Veggie Wash, detergent in liquid and granule form, surface cleaners, and room sprays. ECHOstore has branches in Serendra, Salcedo Village, the Podium, and Centris Walk.
You might know Human Nature for their natural beauty products and makeup, but did you know that your favorite eco-friendly go-to also makes natural and organic home care products? Human Nature carries its very own liquid and powder detergents and dishwashing soap certified by the Natural Products Association. They even have a tagline for it: squeaky clean without the toxins! Get your own Human Nature cleaning products at any of their branches in Quezon City, Alabang, Antipolo, Cainta, Caloocan, Makati, Manila, Marikina, Paranaque, Pasig, and UP Village. You may also find a selection of Human Nature products in some malls and supermarkets.
Messy Bessy is making a difference by making biodegradable, natural, and non-toxic home and personal care products, and you can too. When you purchase their surface cleaner sprays, deodorizers, hand and body washes, and sanitizers, you’re not only contributing to the welfare of the environment, but you are also helping the at-risk youths being sponsored by the brand to get a college education. You can find Messy Bessy at Glorietta 2, Trinoma, Market! Market!, Alabang Town Center, UP Town Center, Robinsons Magnolia, SM MOA, SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, and SM Southmall.
04.Theodore’s Home Care.
Theodore’s Home Care specializes in getting rid of your home’s creepy crawlies using pure and natural pest control solutions. They also have air freshening sprays and various cleaners. Theodore’s Home Care is guaranteed kid-friendly, as well as easy on those with sensitive skin. You can find them in Sesou Nature Source stores found all over Metro Manila.
Ritual PH sells everything local and eco-friendly — from muscovado and coconut sugar to bath-and-body products to green cleaning products such as dishwashing liquid and detergent bars. Whatever it is you’re looking for, they promise pure, natural, and sustainable products safe for you and for the environment. If you ever drop by their store in Makati, make sure to bring your own reusable eco-bags as they’re huge supporters of the anti-plastic lifestyle.