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There is no denying that humans are continuously putting the environment at risk. In Southeast Asia alone an estimate of over 31 million tonnes of plastic waste each year is being generated, imagine the impact it has for the Earth. 

With that, companies are coming together to do their parts in saving our planet. Here are some companies that are answering these urgent calls to save our home. 

  1. LazEarth

Lazada will work with LazMall brands and partners to make eco-friendly products easily accessible and identifiable to consumers. Under this campaign, Lazada will recognize and feature more than 70 brands and 5,000 items across mainly fashion and FMCG product categories that are made, packed, or shipped with reduced or better plastics. 

Apart from addressing plastic waste, Lazada has put in place partnerships and social initiatives aimed at building a sustainable digital commerce ecosystem in Southeast Asia. In the Philippines, Lazada has partnered with Basic Environmental Systems & Technologies, Inc. (B.E.S.T.)’s Trash to provide Cashback for LazGoGreen, Lazada Philippines’ package recycling program. Customers can simply compile their Lazada packages at home, drop off their recyclables at the nearest MBE-C-Center site (available in Metro Manila and Cagayan de Oro), and convert the environment points they receive from their packaging waste to earn Lazada Wallet Credits.

2. Unilever

Based on a 2021 Unilever discussion with digital consumers, limited availability, insufficient green labeling, and the excessive use of plastic packaging were the top concerns identified by digital eco-friendly shoppers in Southeast Asia. Unilever’s “Easy Green” label was designed to help everyday consumers overcome these obstacles, and easily identify and make better green purchases as online shopping is increasingly more integrated into consumers’ daily lifestyles.

Unilever Philippines has also partnered with WWF Philippines to carry out important sustainability programs that align with the intent of the program. The Easy Green sale supports WWF in their plastic waste collection programs in coastal barangays of Donsol, Sorsogon known to be a habitat for whale sharks and marine biodiversity. The partnership aims to prevent 300+ kilograms of plastic waste from ending up in the ocean and waterways.

3. Cleene’s ‘Towards a Cleener Philippines’

Cleene Ethyl Alcohol is supporting Plastic Bank’s Impact Program which intends to help prevent 1.25 million plastic bottles from entering the ocean. Cleene Ethyl Alcohol will also help improve the lives of more than 600 plastic waste collectors in vulnerable coastal communities in Makati, Pasig, and Mandaluyong.

Additionally, the company is distributing health kits in several cities nationwide to help improve the health of the collectors.

4. Globe 0917 Lifestyle

Their progressive urban wear brand 0917 Lifestyle recently collaborated with social enterprise Revolve for a special Sustainable Fashion Line. Using recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) bottles, they turned recycled plastics into t-shirts and tote bags. 

The sustainable line includes a stylish unisex shirt made from 60 percent cotton and 40 percent recycled plastic bottles, with roughly four to six one-liter plastic bottles each.

A perfect match for the shirt is the tote bag, which is 100 percent made with three one-liter plastic bottles. This eco-friendly item is an excellent and practical alternative to single-use or disposable plastics such as grocery bags.

Aside from the 0917 Sustainable Line, Globe also collaborates with Green Antz Builders to properly dispose and process single-use plastic waste within its office premises.  Clean and dry plastics are shredded and brought to the Green Antz facility for further processing and conversion to eco-bricks and eco-pavers.

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