A global health crisis together with a climate crisis will make it more difficult to provide a solution for both—therefore, enterprises are finding ways to shift consumer’s interest into a sustainable alternative.

The quarantine period due to COVID-19 brought opportunities for some to jumpstart on an idea. The Kaipuhan Zero Waste Shop was one of the enterprises that rose, but with the determination to present a better alternative to disposable containers.

Kaipuhan Zero Waste is an online eco-friendly reseller shop, that sells different brands of products ranging from reusable storage bags to hygiene and kitchen essentials. The founder, Joan Grace Segui, has always advocated for a sustainable lifestyle and felt that she needed to share these possibilities with others while creating an impact.

“I’m inspired by the individuals, organizations, online shops who keep pursuing their goals and exerting so much effort in raising awareness regarding zero waste lifestyle,” Segui told OffCrowd. “I’m delighted by their love for Mother Earth and I’m so concerned for the next generation if we will not take care of our environment.”

Segui wanted her shop to also stem from Bicolano roots to show off its beautiful dialect. Kaipuhan means “to need,” and for Segui it’s the need to be part of the solution of an escalating climate crisis.

“We need to make a move and be part of the solution, not by being part of the pollution,” she exclaimed. “Let our voice be heard and actions be acknowledged. We must know our social responsibility.”

The Philippines generates 17.5 billions of plastic every year, most of which are thrown into the ocean. The quarantine period has expected a surge in the use of single-use plastic due to an increase in online deliveries for groceries or other items.

A global health crisis together with a climate crisis will make it more difficult to provide a solution for both—therefore, enterprises are finding ways to shift consumer’s interest into a sustainable alternative.

Kaipuhan Zero Waste Shop – A choice of the alternative

Adapting the Zero-Waste Lifestyle

Segui was a traveller that discovered the beautiful beaches of Visayas and Mindanao. She wants to maintain these beauties for the next generation to enjoy them by advocating for lifestyle changes to protect the environment. 

She has practiced a zero-waste life for over a year, and while it’s a process to adapt to the changes—she believes that it will lead to not only saving the environment, but shower a little hope in people’s way.

“You have to love what you are doing and make sure you are 100% into it and that is your long-term goal,” she explained.

Kaipuhan Zero Waste hopes to increase their product lineup to provide for more sustainable household necessities. They are also aiming to make it more accessible for a variety of people.

Currently, Kaipuhan is searching for partners with the same advocacies as her. They can be reached through their Facebook page and Instagram, as they also look into different suppliers.

For Segui, Kaipuhan is about impact. While she has tried re-selling before, Kaipuhan is meant to create a spark towards those looking to jumpstart their zero-waste lifestyle.

For Segui, Kaipuhan is about impact. While she has tried re-selling before, Kaipuhan is meant to create a spark towards those looking to jumpstart their zero-waste lifestyle.

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