4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines

Continuing our travels, after Bali, Gili Meno and Singpore, today I’m taking you to the Pilippines where we hopped from one island to the next for a month. We started at Cebu, and we put down our luggage at Moalboal, where we discovered Freediving and got our AIDA certification with Freediving Planet, and we visited the beautiful, turquoise waters at the Kawasan waterfall! We continued our itinerary through the south of the island and we passed by Samboa in order to experience the more adventurous waterfalls of Aguinid (these are the waterfall I enjoyed the most during this trip!). We then moved on to Dumaguete so we could hop on to Apo island, and then Siquijor.
After coming back around the islands to Cebu again, we took off in a small plane to Palawan. We landed in El Nido (subject of the present photos and article) where we spent ten days and really took the time to relax and enjoy, before heading to the last destination in the Philippines, Port Barton.

So that was pretty much our itinerary in the Philippines! Let’s now talk about eco-traveling. As I have mentioned in previous articles, one of the main subjects of this trip was how to produce less waste from a lifestyle and fashion point of view.

Check out these four simples ways to be eco-friendly:
Ps: Do not miss our VIDEO about the Philippines and all our eco-tips at the end of this blogpost!

Eco-friendly Swimwear

4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines
4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines

In terms of fashion, I chose to bring my old swimwear and bikinis except for two of them which were made from fishing nets and other waste abandoned in the oceans like this gingham one-piece (currently on sale!) that I’m wearing on the photos. You could find similar pieces below, 80% made of recycled polyamide. Click on the pics below to learn more.

4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines

4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines

In order to start producing less waste, I proposed an alternative to the consumption of single use plastics, in this article. Today, I bring to you two more suggestions on how to reduce your impact on the environment by producing less waste.

1. Reusable straws

4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines

4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines

Summer, tropical sites, holidays, it all rhymes with cocktails! And to sip on that delicious smoothie, fruit juice, fresh coconut or your Spritz, there is nothing like that good old plastic straw! The problem is, these disposable plastic straws, are part of the “8 million tons of plastic waste in the oceans each year”*! And if we do not reduce and stop consuming plastic, a study says we will have more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050*.

I was completely convinced by this video (may contain sensitive content) of a straw stuck in turtle’s nostril, of the importance of the problem. One of our main missions during this trip through South-East Asia was not to consume any plastic straw. How?
1. Refuse: Get into the habit of asking “without a plastic straw, please!” when ordering your drink.
2. Have your own reusable straw: there are a number of alternatives, like stainless steel, glass, or even bamboo straws!
Find a selection of glass and steel straws below. Click on the images to learn more.

4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines

2. SteriPen

4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines
4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines


The steriPen is a portable device of the size of a pen, that one can use to kill the bacteria in the water to make it drinkable. Once you fill up your bottle with tap water, you put the pen inside and it uses ultra-violet rays to do the process. This way, were able to drink tap water in Indonesia and the Philippines without ever getting sick and avoiding the consumption of plastic bottles. Check out this video where I showed you another simple way through which I avoided consuming plastic bottles in Indonesia.

4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines

4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines
4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines

Take five minutes to clean up the beach

White sand, turquoise water and palm trees; El Nido is paradise. Unfortunately, waste is spread out through the beaches. Inspired by the 5-minute beach cleanup movement, started by Carolina Sevilla in Costa Rica, I decided to take the bin of my hotel room and five minutes of my time to collect as much rubbish as I could. And one can find all sorts of waste: plastic and glass bottles, lots of plastic caps, wraps (from all sorts of sweets) and loads of cigarette butts. Who wants to join the movement? Follow it on Facebook and/or Instagram and share your photos with the #5minutebeachcleanup!

4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines
4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines

4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines

4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines
4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines

4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines

4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines

4 simple ways to be more eco-friendly | Philippines

Thanks very much for stopping by The Pastel Project. I hope this article inspired you. Please don’t hesitate to share your good habits, hacks, and advice to live a more eco-friendly life!
Bisous, Margot

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*Source: https://www.baslespailles.org/

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