Wear your Pinoy (heart) on your sleeve with Earth-friendly style picks by local brands
Made from Philippine bamboo, this watch brand gives the public an affordable alternative to its environmentally — and budget — harmful plastic and steel counterparts.

FASHION may seem like a self-involved endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be.

Now you can take care of your appearance while also taking pride in your culture, environment, and countrymen.

How? The secret is to invest in sustainable products. Spending is power, so being a conscious consumer results in making a positive impact on the world around you.

To help you do this, we’ve vetted local brands and come up with a list of sustainable picks that benefit the world without sacrificing quality — both of the product and the Earth!

1) Akaba Duffel Bag

Price: P5,400

This all-Filipino duffel bag that can hold up to 10 kilos thanks to sturdy leather components made from 100% Philippine cowhide. But the real showstopper is the distinctive Bungasama textile, which is created by the indigenous Yakan people of Zamboanga and Basilan. The weavers from this region benefit from the sales of Akaba’s products, and you benefit from having a unique swag bag.

Get it here.

 

2) Kawayan Wooden Watch

Price: P2,100

Made from Philippine bamboo, this brand gives the public an affordable alternative to its environmentally—and budget—harmful plastic and steel counterparts. Another bonus: you can order them online and get free shipping nationwide!

 Get it here.

 

3) H&M Conscious Henley Shirt

Price: P599

After some controversy regarding labor rights, H&M is eager to step a sustainable foot forward. To do this, they are focused on reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, and ensuring safe working conditions for clothes-makers all over the world. The result? Their “Conscious” line, which is created with materials that are better for the planet, such as organic cotton and recycled polyester.

Get it here

 

4) Uddo Sora Wooden Glasses

Price: P2,950

These wayfarers have 100% UVA/UVB protection and a handcrafted bamboo body. But if you’re not into the exposed wooden frames, Uddo offers matte painted frames—so all styles are covered. Plus, they float on water, so you can enjoy the Philippine seas without worrying about losing them because nothing sucks more than that.

Get it here.

 

This story originally appeared on FHM.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Spin.ph editors.

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