Holiday Waste In The Philippines

How to cut down holiday waste in the Philippines?

The holidays are officially in full swing. And that means our weekends are packed with cocktail parties, wrapping presents, and hosting friends and family for dinner.

But all that fun comes with a whole lot of waste.

NCR chalks up to a total of 9,212 tons per day, so you could just imagine how much waste is produced during the holidays. What’s more, 57% of the country’s waste comes from residential areas—that means that consumers have a crucial role to play.*

What holiday waste to cut down?

Keep your gift wraps simple

The fancier the wrapper, the less recyclable it becomes. Keep it simple!  We want to share some eco-friendly and low-cost gift wrapping ideas that you can use all year round. 

Gift wrapping ideas, kraft paper and other eco friendly materials


  • Newspaper
  • Kraft papers
  • Cloth (Furoshiki method)
  • Gift bags
  • Corrugated cartons
  • Reusable jars
  • Paper bags

Say no to plastic cutleries and disposable plates

Our ancestors have survived without those disposables, you'll be just fine. Many studies claim that disposables are the top pollutants of the ocean.

Cut down waste by saying no to plastic

Top 5 Everyday Plastic That Harms The Environment:

  • Plastic Bags
  • Plastic Cutlery
  • Plastic Straws and Drink Stirrers
  • Plastic Fruit and Vegetable Bags
  • Balloons and Balloon Sticks

Ditch the balloons

Balloons don't go to heaven - they end up piling on landfills and polluting our oceans instead. Heck, even the eco-friendly latex ones take up to 4 years to degrade.

Use the following eco-friendly alternatives to balloons instead:

  • banners and bunting
  • flowers
  • paper pompoms
  • bubbles

Bring tote bags all the time

Totes are the throw-it-all-in companion. From canvas tote bags that are equal parts practical and super cute, to cord tote bags to bring to the markets because you’re eco-friendly like that. Check out our tote bags made from Cordillera handwoven textiles!

Cordillera handwoven Tote Bag

Minimize food waste

The holidays also produce the largest food waste in the entire year. While we Filipinos feel the need to indulge in bonggang handaan and binging, it's never too late to scale down the food that goes to waste. Or better yet, let the visitors "inner Sharon" shine through, in the spirit of Pinoy festivity.

Balutin Mo Ako Pinoy Culture


  • Esquire Mag. *Shocking holiday waste statistics that will make you feel guilty this christmas. Retrieved at
  • Sustainability Victoria. Wildlife-friendly alternatives to balloons. Retrieved at

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