While the demand for sustainable, packaging-free stores keeps growing, corporations remain slow to respond. They are still focused on greenwashing–producing supposedly eco-friendlier packaging for their products which are mere PR stunts in disguise. 

Meanwhile, small enterprises, many of them start-ups, have been showing how present and future sustainable alternative product delivery systems look like. The existence of these enterprises–and their ability to thrive–is crucial for our calls for extended producer responsibility (EPR) and sustainable alternative product delivery systems. They serve as the concrete examples of the systems we are calling for. 

While they concretize our calls, these startups need support in growing their businesses, which big environmental organizations like GAIA can easily provide–by showcasing them in our publications and promoting them in our social media accounts. 

By featuring them, we hope more businesses will take the Zero Waste route, allowing us to heighten the pressure on corporations to move toward Zero Waste and on the government to enable an environment conducive to Zero Waste.

Business Unusual: Enterprises paving the way to Zero Waste highlights Zero Waste stores in the Asia Pacific region to showcase various sustainable product delivery systems and demonstrate that 1] Zero Waste stores (SUP-free packaging, refill, deposit/return systems) can be done and that 2] it is profitable. 



INTRODUCTION Evolving Benchmarks for Zero Waste Businesses by Edel Garingan


SIERREZA: Connecting with People by Salve Canale

BAREPACK: Building a Reusable System by Marlet Salazar

AMGU: A Small Step for Zero Waste

SLOWOOD: One Zero Waste Step at a Time by Margaux Ortiz-Fabreag

WALA USIK: Zero Waste Sari-Sari Stores by Beryl Tranco

BRING ME HOME to the (Food) Rescue by Johanna Poblete

JUANAZERO, the Community’s Zero Waste Hero by Margaux Ortiz-Fabreag

7-9 GREEN STORE: Transforming Shoppers by Beryl Tranco

OLD MANILA ECO MARKET: Building Zero Waste Communities by Salve Canale

GREEN CARE: From Family Farm to Family Store by Marlet Salazar

WORKINGMUM: Empowering Period by Beryl Tranco

NUDE: Bare Essentials by Johanna Poblete

LIPAY MUNDO: Time to #DoTheSwitch by Beryl Tranco

TOKO ORGANIS: From Research to Pioneering Zero Waste Store by Salve Canale

CROFT BULK STORE: Living the Zero Waste-Vegan Lifestyle by Framelia Anonas

GOT HEART: An Enterprise with a Heart by Marlet Salazar

ENVIU: Normalizing Sustainability by Johanna Poblete

SALIN AND THE REFILLERY: Refill is the Way by Beryl Tranco

REFILLABLES HOI AN: Sparking a Refill Revolution by Johanna Poblete

Going BACK TO THE BASICS to Move Forward by Margaux Ortiz-Fabreag

THAT LITTLE EXTRA: The Heart and Soul of Zero Waste by Sherma Benosa