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Questions of Science and Progress


EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published for SunStar on December 28, 2017. It was written by Dave Albao, Executive Director of Philippine Reef & Rainforest Conservation Foundation Inc. (PRRCFI), which is responsible for the management and preservation of Danjugan Island, and is one of our collaborators for the upcoming MUNI Travels on March 9-14,

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Insights on Zero Waste Ways in Business – Part 1: A Discussion with Advocates


Over the years, we’ve seen the MUNI community growing, taking more interest in reducing waste and needless consumption, and see how greater impact can be created beyond their own consumer behavior through change within bigger business entities, from SMEs to large corporations.

As such, we endeavored our first MUNI Meetup on Zero Waste Ways in Business last November 11, to jumpstart that conversation.

In a utopian world, one would hope that all businesses do good for goodness’ sake, and be intrinsically motivated to be more mindful. But perhaps by giving them extrinsic motivation — in the form of savings, more income, brand love, or government fines — so much so that reducing  / eliminating waste becomes the norm / default / commonplace, we can help develop more mindful habits and culture in business and in our own daily consumption, of thinking before we use another piece of non-biodegradable single-use packaging.

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6 Zero Waste Travel Tips from an Island Manager and a Solo Female Traveler


If we are not more mindful, travel can be one of our most environmentally disruptive activities. When we travel, we usually expect our surroundings to adjust to us and the comforts we are used to. In order to truly travel sustainably and mindfully, this perspective has to shift towards us, as visitors of a place, adjusting to the environment and the norms of the place we are visiting. Check out more insights from our recent MUNI Meetup on Travel!

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Conscious Consumerism won't save the world — not alone


“On its face, conscious consumerism is a morally righteous, bold movement. But it’s actually taking away our power as citizens. It drains our bank accounts and our political will, diverts our attention away from the true powerbrokers, and focuses our energy instead on petty corporate scandals and fights over the moral superiority of vegans.” LOL

While I agree with a lot of the points the author made, thinking objectively, I still believe that generating awareness in conscious or responsible consumption is an important step in that mindset shift towards creating a healthier, more sustainable world.

Being conscious about our choices is a start. It’s not enough, but I’m hopeful that it’s enough to at least get people started on thinking about how else they can get involved, or what else they can do to more actively change the world for the better, while still not necessarily having to give up their jobs to set up an NGO and start a mass protest (not unless more diplomatic means fail).

What’s your take?

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How To Create a Waste-free Travel Experience


#MUNIonThis: Our impact as travelers begins before we set foot in a destination, and well after we have left it. Zero Waste Ways in Travel + Impacts of Plastic Pollution When travelers think of Responsible Travel or “Sustainable Tourism”, we try to look for experiences, operators or accommodations that have sustainable practices, support local communities,

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4 Ways To Create a Waste-free Travel Experience


#MUNIonThis: Our impact as travelers begins before we set foot in a destination, and well after we have left it. Zero Waste Ways in Travel + Impacts of Plastic Pollution When travelers think of Responsible Travel or “Sustainable Tourism”, we try to look for experiences, operators or accommodations that have sustainable practices, support local communities,

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The Cost of Convenience vs. Zero Waste Living


With all the media and advertising using emotions to encourage us to buy stuff because they can make us feel happier, more desirable, and more fulfilled, we need more mindfulness and discernment to figure out what society wants us to want vs. what we actually value and what truly brings us closer to our ideal world.

At the MUNI Meetup, we also aimed to specifically spark a discussion on the impact of single-use plastic, how much we really “need” it, and what we can do to change that perception and the unconscious behavior that comes with it.

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