How Much Awareness Does It Take To Have A Zero-Waste Store In Cebu, Philippines
Amgu is a Cebuano word that will equal “awareness” or “realization”. Either way, it’s about us learning more about something. And Amgu is a Zero-Waste store situated at Betty’s Apartment, Queen’s Road, Kamputhaw, Cebu City, 6000.
Because the advocacy of the owners is to spread awareness on the worsening waste situation that the world has arrived at. It’s about time for everyone to realize the need to make necessary changes in the type of lifestyles that we have been accustomed to. Yes, we are living in the modern times, but the modern world need not be a damaged one. Do you get my drift? According to one of the owners, Rangi Jory Madarang, she is not only concerned about her own future but the future of her children as well.
Surprisingly, there are so many products that are being manufactured to help alleviate the problems that we have created for Mother Earth now, since the idea of convenience was born. For Rangi, living with less-waste saves the future generations. In her own words: “Mother Earth is indestructible — she has a way of healing herself. We need to save us! We spend too much on convenience not knowing that it’s slowly killing us. If we don’t act now what do you think will our future be?”
Have we ever thought about the consequences of our actions now and how it’ll come back to us later on?
You Reap What You Sow, remember that.
So if we ditch single-use plastic, or reduce the use and consumption of it, then we’d have made a very good choice for a lifetime, right? Finally here’s a store that encourages everyone to come and use their glass bottles at home, to refill it with condiments and food ingredients that we highly consume in a day to day basis. In the absence of refillable bottles, they’ll pack your purchases in brown paper bags. They even have coffee beans from Benguet for us coffee lovers! We can now help heal the Earth with every cup that we will enjoy.
Amgu has been given Certificates of Appreciation for its existing purpose.
They have caught the attention of the media which made them appear on write ups and on television. And yours truly made a personal vlog featuring the store at its early stage last year, and now, we are creating more attention to them here, too. Businesses that offer solutions to world problems deserve all the attention and support that they can get. Go and check out the booklet that states 1,001 Ways to Save the Earth!
Waste management is indeed one of the wisest endeavor one can make. Maybe we can start hanging words of Earth-Saving wisdom on our walls from now onwards, to remind us to make the best daily choices and decisions that will include having Mother Nature in mind. Imagine the huge difference this will do in the long run!
Who says you can’t buy more stuff and not have less waste?
At Amgu, you can buy anything that you want and need minus the guilt of additional garbage for the world to worry about.
To reduce plastic waste from toiletries, there are shampoo and conditioner bars wrapped in paper for you. They have various types of facial and body bar soaps to choose from as well. They even have feminine hygiene bar soaps for us women. Speaking of us women, they have washable alternatives to our facial cotton wipes and sanitary pads.
And there are plenty of Earth-Friendly items at the store that will help you become a responsible citizen of the world. So go, and check them out for yourselves.
Amgu has a lot of items that are made of wood or bamboo. Now, you may eat a guilt-free meal at all times with their cutlery set. It’s only 250 pesos by the way!
So why not take care of yourself while taking care of the Earth at the same time? We have to take care of our homes, because it is where we live, right? The Earth is our home, and the home of the future kids and their kids. Never forget that!
I’ll leave you with Amgu’s parting statement:
“My advocacy is to help every individual in having a commitment to living with less-waste, to educate more that there are alternatives to what we call ‘single-use’ products, DIY or making your own is more cost-effective and that supporting local products and small businesses is better than going to big store chains. — You can always talk to me on how to start your journey, just one single step and the next ones will be easy. Trust me and most of all trust yourself that you can do it!” ~ Rangi Jory Madarang
If you have inquiries and want to learn more about Amgu, go ahead and reach them through the numbers that appear on the photo above: (032) 383 4900 or 0995 742 4272.
So, what would you change about your lifestyle today? Share your thoughts below.