The Shell Eco-Marathon

By: Margo Montelibano

The Shell Eco-Marathon is a contest for students to test their innovation and creativity on the track to create the most fuel-efficient engine designs.

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The Shell Eco-Marathon started in Asia in Kuala Lumpur in 2010.

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Several universities in Asia participate in this challenge ever since.

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Shell chose to target students because they believe that they are the future leaders of the next generation.

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These students are challenged to create something that is economic, efficient, and will benefit many generations to come.

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By: Margo Montelibano

For Foldabots creator Jomike Tejido, one way to teach children to love the environment is through toys.

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Foldabots, created from old folders, are a series of toys that can be turned into vehicles, robots, and animals that kids can assemble themselves.

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An advocate of environmentalism, Jomike envisioned the story of Foldabots to be set in a futuristic Philippines where pollution has become drastic, and the Foldabots then fight off this evil to help protect the world.

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These have expanded into comics and has a following composed of children and even high school students who want to conceptualize their own Foldabots.

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A medium for both education and entertainment, Foldabots proves that toys can be used to teach children about the environment in a fun and interactive way.

See more of Jomike’s creations :

Yin Yoga Philippines

by: Margo Montelibano

Dona Tumacder-Esteban uses yoga to improve her mindset and body condition during her monthly cycle.

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 3.55.28 PMThe menstrual cycle is how women detoxify, and it serves as a monthly record. She teaches what she calls the Period Project.

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She has learned that the pains during women’s cycles are caused by imbalances in the energy system. Instead of reaching for pills to relieve pain, she looks for natural remedies – this is a small change in lifestyle that can improve one’s feeling during her period.

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To add to that, an active lifestyle helps one’s overall being – this is where Yin Yoga comes in, which helps the body de-stress, relax, and heal.

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Dona hopes to spread awareness and reach more women, and help them transform their lives towards a healthier lifestyle.

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by: Margo Montelibano

“Advocafe,” short for advocacy café, is a coffee shop that helps indigenous communities by selling their locally made products.

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The makers of Advocate believe in strengthening people’s capacity, promoting climate change adaptation, education, and culture. Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 3.25.34 PM

The members of indigenous communities who are students and beneficiaries of Benjamin Abadiano’s program, run the coffee shop, and are trained to become entrepreneurs.
Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 3.23.53 PMAdvocafe’s products are all organic and produced in different provinces in the Philippines.

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Their income is 100% given back to the indigenous communities they partner with. This fund is used to gain education, create health services, and provide environmental services for the communities.

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You can visit Advocate in Ground Floor Ramon Magsaysay Commercial Complex, Malate, Metro Manila. Check out their site at

Green Laundry Practices

by: Margo Montelibano

Did you know that laundry is probably one of the most energy-consuming chores at home?

The average household does almost 400 loads of laundry each year, which is close to consuming 13,500 gallons per year, not including the dryer, which also consumes a lot of energy.

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Using more eco-friendly detergents and products can help reduce our carbon emissions when doing the laundry.

Choose plant-based over petroleum-based products. It’s possible to make your own laundry products as well, with these ingredients:

1/2 cup vinegar

¼ cup baking soda

3 cups water

Stir this mixture, and now you have an organic stain remover.


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Want to make homemade detergent? 

You’ll need:

4 cups baking soda

3 cups washing soda

2 cups unscented glycerin

Grate the glycerin, and mix the ingredients together for your own homemade detergent.

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No time to DIY? A few tips on how to be more green with the laundry:

  • Wear clothes more than once, if they’re not soiled
  • Control the temperature in your machine
  • Wash full loads to reduce the number of times you wash
  • Choose natural detergents and stain removers or use the recipes to make your own; hang clothes to dry
  • Don’t iron if you don’t have to.

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Organic Farming in Costales Farms

by: Margo Montelibano

An organic farm based in Laguna, Costales Nature Farms promotes wellness and healthy living while upholding environmental sustainability through organic farming.

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This farm is a prime producer of organic vegetables, producing 20 tons of vegetables per month.

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The farm also houses several organic livestock.

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Costales Farms maintains sustainability through Integrated Organic Farming, a closed-loop system wherein the waste of one enterprise is used as the input of another.

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Costales Farms also has several tourists every year, and they hope to educate and spread what they know about organic farming, providing seminars and hands-on experience to those who want to try organic farming.

Costless Farms is located in Brgy. Gagalot, Majayjay, Laguna. You can also visit their site at

NUIU Life Cuisine

by: Margo Montelibano

NUIU Life Cuisine is a healthy meal provider that puts together meal plans that are also gourmet.

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NUIU meal plans are calorie and fat, sugar, and salt controlled, do not contain highly processed foods, use lean protein and either low fat or non fat dairy, and contain whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

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More than meal plans, NUIU also offers lifestyle management services, with services for both nutrition and fitness.

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Through this, NUIU hopes to let people change their lifestyle, see how food and fitness work together, and live in a more sustainable manner through the lifestyle services that they offer.

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Cocogreen and Co.

Cocogreen and Co., a plant based, whole foods store, encourages their customers to enjoy food in its rawest form.

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They want to change the mind view that if it isn’t processed, it is no longer gourmet or artisan.

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Cocogreen and Co offers top international and local organic and vegetarian products, as well as their own, providing a variety for customers.

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Practicing what they preach, Cocogreen believes that a more plant-based diet is not just about being mindful of one’s health and sustainable living, but is also pro-environment.

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Visit Cocogreen at or drop by their store along Yakal St., Makati City, Philippines.

Nature Park in the City

by: Margo Montelibano

The Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center is a 23-hectare park home to the protected areas of the DENR, with several species of flora and fauna found only in the Philippines.

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They actively care for the wildlife, and have a rescue center on ground and a nursing center for different animal species. Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 3.23.02 PM

The center offers educational tours to children and students aimed at the conservation and protection of wildlife in the Philippines.

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The park hopes to be an ecotourism destination for all, promoting and educating them on protecting and conserving the flora, fauna, and wildlife in the country.

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Visit Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center at Elliptical Rd., Lungsod Quezon, Philippines


Go! Salads

by: Margo Montelibano

Go! Salads is a go-to salad bar along Katipunan Avenue.

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Owner Cabbie Gonzales talks to Green Living about his healthy food biz


The ingredients are organically grown and are free from chemical and pesticides. All vegetables used in the mix are farmed in Cavite, Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya.

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As these are not side salads, P100 can get you more than just greens – the different offerings may have lean meat and other vegetables as well.

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Go! Salads also offers snacks – Swiss Muesli, made mostly of oats, different varieties of hummus, and for dessert, sugar free and whole wheat pastries.

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Go! Salads promotes healthy eating and has converted many non-salad eaters to salad lovers.

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