6 Practical Tips For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

By: Marj Dumont

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Being outdoors is a great way to bond with friends, family, and mother nature.

Going camping or hiking gives you the chance to admire the beauty of the natural world.

It’s the ultimate adventure for city folk who rarely get fresh air and time off from electronic devices.

But most importantly, camping is all about going back to basics…

and while most of us have the best intentions when we spend a few days in the great outdoors –

a few innocent mistakes can turn our vacation from an enjoyable eco-friendly trip to a potential eco-disaster

To make sure we do no harm, the first thing we have to consider is what to bring.

Tip 1: Borrow, not buy.

If you are new to camping or just trying it out for week, consider borrowing the gear or buying used equipment.

Tip 2: Buy eco-friendly gear.

But if you are determined to buy brand new equipment, look for green camping gear that are made of eco-friendly, low-impact or recycled materials.

Tip 3: Leave your electronics behind.

With the exception of your cellphone that you’ll need in case of emergencies,

try to leave your electric gadgets at home. It’s a rare chance to commune with nature, make sure you can hear her without modern distractions

Tip 4: Invest in solar or crank-charged equipment

You could always bring rechargable lamps, but without a wall socket it’s better to take a solar-powered lamp or a crank-charged flashlight.

Tip 5: Reusable rather than disposable.

Bringing reusable dishes and cutlery instead of disposable means less unnecessary garbage.  Best of all, you won’t be lugging your trash all the way back to civilization.

Tip 6: Opt for Biodegradable

Use biodegradable toiletries. Instead of using moist wipes that don’t decompose, opt for recycled toilet paper.

Most of our favorite cleaning and grooming products have chemicals that are harmful for the environment. If you plan to shower and brush your teeth, use products that will not poison the soil or water.

We should always remember that we are merely guests in Mother nature’s home and we should make as little impact as possible. There is a travel maxim that goes: Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.

4 Useful Eco Tips For Camping

By: Marj Dumont

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Camping is a cheap and fun way to spend your vacation.

Of course, it’s no night in a hotel – but camping gives you freedom to explore, lets you sleep under the stars, and gives you an excuse to cook with campfire.

Tip 1: Make sure fire stay small

Taking care of campfires is serious business. You have to make sure it stays small and doesn’t stray towards trees or your tent, causing unwanted fires.

Tip 2: Contain the fire

If you find an old fire pit, just reuse it. Or make a grill out of an old tin can by cutting the edges vertically and spreading them out, then putting a thick layer of aluminum foil to catch the charcoal.

Tip 3: Bake veggies instead of frying

You can cook veggies by wrapping them in aluminum foil

and putting them straight into the fire. You’ll need an hour or so for a perfect baked potato. Fish like salmon can be wrapped in foil with onions, bell peppers, olive oil, lemon, thyme, salt and pepper to make a fragrant papillotte that cooks in about 15 to 30 minutes.

Tip 4: Don’t bring unnecessary waste

To reduce the amount of waste you bring to the campsite, you could put instant pancake mix in an old ketchup bottle. 

Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction

By: Nikki Pua

DRR Mobile Apps spiels Part 2

These days, more and more people are affected by severe flooding that does damage to livelihood and infrastructure. The leading culprit? Climate change.

And while there are a whole lot of solutions and prevention campaigns being promoted all over the country, let’s zero in on two online platforms that we hope would make waves and take the country by storm:

1. Project Agos

Project Agos uses crowd-sourced information to prepare, respond and recover. Developers have come up with an alert map where everyone can contribute valuable, real-time information on what’s happening on the ground, whether it be a flooded street, or a person in need of rescue.

These information also contribute in creating a prevention plan that local government units can utilize in different communities.

2. Redraw The Line 

Redraw The Line is a call to action that aims to inspire Southeast Asia consumers to advocate for green alternatives and address climate change.

It started out as a climate change awareness campaign, beginning in Bangkok, Thailand. Redraw The Line has also partnered with students from De La Salle University to develop a phone app that would pique the interest of the youth in battling climate change.

The adverse effects of climate change are now more apparent than ever. It’s a problem that we all contributed in creating, and one that we should all contribute in containing. Times are changing fast, but it’s nice to know that groups of young people are being proactive in utilizing social media to protect the world we now live in.

The Bamboo Initiative

by: Hiyasmin Neri

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The ALC foundation has focused its efforts on bamboo initiatives after experiencing the super typhoons that devastated most parts of the country.

To contribute in increasing the number of bamboo plants in the country, The ALC Foundation created a bamboo nursery in CITC’s site in Marikina, where they grow seedlings for planting in various areas of the Philippines. They also partner with other companies to create public bamboo planting in certain areas in the Philippines.

Why Plant Bamboos?

Bamboos are known to be tall, malleable, and strong. Surrounding local communities with this plant can protect people from floods, soil erosions, and wind surges.

Why plant more Bamboo?

1. Fastest growing plant

2. Absorbs 75% more carbon

3. Gives 35% more oxygen

Apart from promoting bamboo planting activities, ALC Foundation has also designed a complete community ecosystem that will be more sustainable for the future generations. They have created bamboo livelihoods for families and even taught them how to plant their own seedlings to prevent flooding and soil erosion.

“We have to act like bamboo also – we have to be resilient, we have to be very flexible, that no matter how, no matter whatever calamities we will be facing today, tomorrow, in the future, we will be like bamboo.  We will fight it out, we will shout it out, not only in the Philippines, but in the world, that if we’ll be able to do this in the Philippines, we can duplicate this also in other countries, and I believe that we can still reverse and even change the effect of climate change, if we will always put into ourselves, our minds, we have to help one another, put this bamboo initiative as one community, as one country, as one people in the Philippines.”- Allan L. Cristobal, Founder of ALC Foundation

Know more about the ALC Foundation at: www.alcfoundation.ph

Muni Market

by: Gerlene Reyes muni market Muni Market is a venue for different kinds of healthy food. From urban farm products, organic produce, to vegetarian food, the merchants have a variety of offerings for everyone who wants to try healthy eating or those who are looking for hard-to-find culinary delights. The Muni Market is all about changing or maintaining a sustainable lifestyle to contribute to a bigger purpose, and that is to educate consumers that they, too, can have better choices. It is certainly an experience. Meeting people, discovering new products, and getting fresh ideas from other people will make your day worthwhile. And of course, it wouldn’t be complete without ticking off your shopping list.

Check out Muni’s future projects and events at http://www.muni.com.ph. You can also check out their Facebook page if you’re looking for contact details on the merchandises available today. https://www.facebook.com/muni.PH

Taclob Bags

By: Gerlene Reyes

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It has been almost a year since Super typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines.

On that fateful event, the world witnessed the resiliency of the Filipino People.

And while we honor the heroism of our citizens, we also get reminded of the impact of our actions not only to the environment but to our lives as well.

Taclob is a social enterprise that creates livelihood for survivors of natural disasters. They created up cycled emergency backpacks made of water resilient materials and used denim. It also has a buy one, give one campaign which allows a person to buy one backpack and give another bag for a child in Tacloban.

Jordan says, “One of the things that i tell people when they ask me about Taclob, what it’s about, how it came about, i keep on telling people that this social enterprise is built around our perspective that taclobanons are heroes. They survived the worst storm that ever hit…and yet they’re moving forward. For me, i have never survived a storm surge, i have never survived a 375 km/hr storm. They have. For me…i don’t see them as only survivors, i see them as heroes. And we’re supposed to be able to cultivate that, harness that, and let the world how strong, how courageous, how brave, how passionate we are as a people. That’s what we’re trying to forge here in Taclob. We want a global brand that celebrates the resiliency of the filipino people, but also the strength and the courage and the creativity of the filipino people, and that is something that the whole world will be inspired about because we, people, went through the greatest, are going through the greatest challenges in history, and yet we’re rising, and yet, we’re shining, and yet we’re happy, and yet, we’re loving. That’s what we want.”

Paco Pili: Vintage Designer and Innovator

By: Chris Costello

01 Paco Pili

Something old, something new.

Whether you are a collector or a fan of art, the vintage niche is fascinating. Vintage style involves taking little pieces of history and appropriating them to your life. This is the approach that upcyle advocate Paco Pili has taken to his art.

Upcycled products is a great way to reduce our footprint, as they are made from numerous eco-friendly source materials.

With a number of items both functional and art-based, Paco’s inspirations are drawn from the recycled materials he finds at auctions and junk shops. But the process of converting these designs into fully-realized, functional pieces is tedious and pain-stakingly intricate.

The availability of inspiration can vary from medium to medium, but Paco’s designs are drawn straight from his imagination, which he mentions as his art’s best selling point.

As diverse as his repertoire currently is, Paco also acknowledges and encourages people to creatively repurpose  items in innovative ways.

In this current culture of consumption, buying new products to cater to our lifestyle is a fact of life. However, the upcycling movement asks us to change that mindset. It challenges us to take what we may regard as garbage, and reimagine, reuse, and reinvent its significance. In the end, the end product becomes more unique, valuable and beautiful than what it originally was.

For Paco Pili, vintage auction hunter and upcycle artist, this is his personal mission.

Organic Eggs Recipes

All eggs, whether organic or not, are a good source of protein, iron, riboflavin, vitamin B-12, phosphorus and selenium; all excellent minerals your body needs.

And while one might think that all eggs are created equal, this is in fact, not true.

Organic eggs come from chickens that were given 100 percent organic feed, free of any agricultural chemical residues. The chickens are also given access to outdoor space to roam. Interestingly enough, organic eggs themselves contain more essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals than conventional eggs.

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Eggs from free-range chickens contain two-thirds more vitamin A, seven times more beta-carotene and three times more vitamin E than conventional eggs. These differences likely come the diet of organic hens that free-range.

In fact, since organic eggs come from chickens that must have access to the outdoors year-round. This means the hens get exercise and have an opportunity to eat grasses, other plants and insects in addition to their feed, which may improve the nutritional quality in the eggs.

These added benefits like Vitamin A, beta carotene and Vitamin E help  maintain your immune system and healthy skin, hair and eyes; help to prevent chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease; and maintain healthy red blood cells, nerve function and cell membranes.

Organic eggs are produced under a strict set of protocols. For eggs to be certified as organic, they must come from hens fed with organic feeds, allowed outdoor access and aren’t subjected to antibiotics unless outbreaks occur. Because of these guidelines, organic eggs are free of growth hormones and antibiotics.  They are also better in both taste and nutrition than regular eggs. Organic eggs are relatively low in calories and fat with plenty of protein and essential nutrients.

And speaking of taste, let’s get down to whipping up some awesome egg recipes>

Breakfast Burrito

You’ll need:

1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

4 eggs, lightly beaten

Dash of ground red pepper

Cooking spray

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 (2-ounce) can diced green chiles

4 (6-inch) corn tortillas

1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded cheese

To prepare the burritos, combine chopped fresh oregano and the next 4 ingredients (through the ground red pepper) in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Add egg mixture, 1/4 cup onion, and green chiles to the pan. Cook for 3 minutes or until eggs are set, stirring frequently. Remove pan from heat; stir egg mixture well.

Heat the corn tortillas according to package directions. Divide the egg mixture evenly among tortillas. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons shredded cheese and about 1/3 cup salsa.

Now roll it up like so, and viola! A perfectly healthy way to start your day off right! Easy to prepare, even easier to enjoy!

 Vegetable and Cheese Frittata

You’ll need:

3 teaspoons olive oil, divided

2 cups baby spinach

1 cup diced tomatoes

1 clove garlic, minced

2 whole eggs plus

6 egg whites

3/4 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 large tomatoes, sliced

1. Place oven rack about 8 inches from broiler and preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium. Add spinach, diced tomatoes, and garlic. Sauté for 4 minutes.
3. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and egg whites. Stir in spinach mixture and cheese; season with salt and pepper.
4. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in the same pan. Add egg mixture, reduce heat to low, and shake pan to level ingredients. Place pan in oven; bake for 10 minutes, until eggs are just set. Turn oven to broil; place pan on rack under broiler for 2 minutes, until just browned. Remove from heat, slice into four pieces, and serve with sliced tomatoes and pepper.

Beautifully light and packed to the brim with enough protein, vitamins and minerals to kickstart a healthy breakfast habit.

Lotus Pod

By: Paola Ceriola

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It’s easy to find food with labels claiming to be organic or locally produced. But it’s not so easy to confirm the accuracy of these labels. So how do you make sure that you’re eating healthy food? Simple! Grow some in your own backyard!

Lotus Pod is located in a small patch of land in Laguna owned by veteran journalist Cheche Lazaro. At first, she just wanted a place for her family to relax and enjoy. Eventually, the place literally grew from a weekend home to an organic farm, teeming with fresh produce.

You actually don’t need to own a large piece of land for you to enjoy the benefits of growing your own food. Lotus Pod conducts Agricultural Tours for people who are interested in creating their own urban farm in their homes in the city.

Dr. Patena of Lotus Pod says, “No. 1 survival yung food so I think we should teach everybody how to plant whether nandun ka sa farm o sa probinsya, everybody should plant. At least, maka-contribute ka sa pagkain mo na hindi na ipoproduce ng farm.”

For Dr Patena, every Filipino should become a farmer. With the right knowledge and the patience to back it up, everyone can be part of a larger movement that can contribute to a greener Philippines.

Superfood Diet

By: Ton Vergel De Dios

Part 3

Diet refers to what we eat on a daily basis. However, it has been ingrained in our minds that dieting refers to a calorie deficit diet or lessening the amount of food we eat.

The problem with just lessening the amount of food that we eat is that if we weren’t eating healthy to begin with, our bodies wouldn’t be able to sustain itself with the right nutrients it needs. This could lead to disease and a host of other problems.

The solution? A balanced diet where we get all the macronutrients and micronutrients that we need, and also shed that belly fat along the way.

Here are a couple of tips to start your balance diet:

Tip #1: Eating slow digesting food that is high in fiber can help fight off cravings that will potentially ruin your diet. Slow digesting healthy food can also give more energy than foods that digest faster.

The body’s main source of energy is carbohydrates which is why eating slow digesting carbs is very important especially for those who get tired easily or want to have that extra boost of energy.

Tip #2 Eat 40% Carbohydrates, 30% Protein and 30% healthy fats in order to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Carbohydrates take up the biggest amount since that’s where most of our energy comes from throughout the day.

Here are some Superfoods that you can include in your daily meals:

Brown rice is a superfood that makes a great substitute for white rice since it contains more fiber, protein and keeps you full longer than white rice, white bread or white pasta.

The more processed a food is, the more unhealthy it is. Brown rice is essentially a less processed, healthier version of white rice since the husks are not removed from the rice, and these contain the most amount of fiber and nutrients.

Oats contain Resistant Starch, a healthy carb that boosts metabolism and tells our bodies to go into fat burning mode. So aside from keeping us full with fiber, we’re also burning fat at the same time.

Eggs are a great source of healthy fat and are full of protein which can help with muscle building. Although it is relatively high in calories, the benefits from the nutrients in eggs can’t be ignored.

Broccoli is another mainly carbohydrate food that is also loaded with protein and Vitamin A. If you think beta-carotene just came from carrots, consider adding Broccoli to your meal and it will be great for your body and eyesight.

Broccoli can be eaten raw or cooked and can be eaten with salad or as a side dish to a main course. Aside from being full of fiber, broccoli is considered a superfood because of it’s cancer preventing properties.

Nuts are a great substitute for unhealthy snacks like junk food or pastries. They also stave off hunger so that we can stay full until the next meal.