• Paraluman shampoo bars
    INTERVIEWS,  Lokal

    Zero Waste Essentials by Paraluman

    Paraluman offers a range of zero waste essentials for anyone who wants to live with less waste. With products like cloth cotton pads & sanitary napkins, reusable straws, on-the-go cutlery sets, stainless steel food containers, and natural soap bars at affordable prices, Paraluman hopes to inspire and encourage more Filipinos to use plastic-free alternatives and make them a part of their daily lifestyle. Let’s get to know more about the shop owner and the products. What’s the story behind the shop name? Paralúman is an old Tagalog word for muse, a paramour. We wanted to use the shop to inspire people, much like a muse. Who are the people behind…

  • handmade soy candle by SaanSaan
    INTERVIEWS,  Lokal

    Saan Saan Candles – Light Fueled by Wander

    It must be wonderful to be able to start up a business that connects with the things you love. I am not an entrepreneur but I think it is safe to say that one common denominator amongst small businesses focused on craftsmanship and environmental sustainability is passion. After all, starting a business in itself is both a risk and a challenge, and when you choose to be an ethical, eco-conscious brand then expect challenges to be greater yet the rewards more meaningful. On Lokal, Mark, creator of Saan Saan shares with us how launching the brand allows him the freedom to run his own business while doing the things he…

  • Olivia and Diego upcycled fashion
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    Olivia + Diego – Upcycled Out of Happiness

    In my search for finding local,sustainable brands, I first learned about Olivia & Diego on Instagram and  immediately thought, well, here is another successful local label that not only helps keep unnecessary waste out of the landfill, but also offers empowerment and livelihood to women in rural communities, particularly in Davao, Philippines. You may have heard or come across this label too, as they have retailers not just in the Philippines but overseas as well, such as in Australia, Canada, Japan, Germany, and the United States. Olivia & Diego makes fashion accessories out of  discarded t-shirts. Their products are made by hand and come in vibrant, joyful colours – which is very fitting…