Here's How Much You Can Save By Using Eco-Friendly Products for a Year

We’ve all heard stories about how the planet is dying because of too much plastic in the world. And the Philippines, not suprisingly, is one of the world’s worst offenders in the plastic pollution problem, as well as the rest of Southeast Asia.


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And it’s not just plastic. So many of the things we use on a daily basis are disposable. It may not seem like much to us, but gather all that up and you can imagine just how enormous the garbage problem is and how wasteful many of us really are.

On the bright side, there is more awareness about the problem thanks to the internet, which has led many more people to be more conscious about the things they use.

And more people will probably switch to reusable and more sustainable everyday items if they found out just how much they could be saving instead of using disposable or one-time-use only products.

Ecommerce meta-search website iPrice crunched the numbers and came up with an estimate of just how much money people can save if they switch to using eco-friendly products, and, additionally, how much waste can be reduced. Using its price-comparison platform, iPrice collated the average price of certain products (both disposable and eco-friendly) in 2020 and computed the savings for one year. 

And the result? The average woman can save up to P4,603 a year, while the average man can save up to P2,542 a year if they invest in more eco-friendly alternatives. That’s enough for a decent pair of new shoes, more than a dozen iced lattes at your favorite coffee place, and even an expensive buffet dinner at a fancy restaurant (well, if buffets were still a thing).


This is iPrice’s breakdown of the 5 eco-friendly items versus disposable items:

1| Item: Reusable Masks 

Savings: P1,221/year

Waste reduced: 365 disposable masks/year

COVID-19 has given us an additional essential cost for face masks. Disposable masks don’t come in cheap, especially the good-quality three-ply ones. Based on iPrice’s platform, the average price of 365 disposable masks (assuming we use one mask a day) would cost about P1,631. But switching to a pack of washable, reusable masks would only cost P411. That’s savings of up to P1,221 a year. 

2| Item: Menstrual Cup

Savings: P2,061/year

Waste reduced: 240 menstrual pads/year

The average price of a menstrual cup is about P772, and these are said to last years or even up to a decade. On the other hand, if a woman uses 20 menstrual pads per cycle, she would use up about 240 pads a year. The average price of a year’s worth of disposable menstrual pads on iPrice’s platform is P2,833, which means she could save up to P2,061 for one year if she gets herself a diva cup.

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3| Tote Bag

Savings: P769/year

Waste reduced: 1,404 plastic bags/year

The Philippines has been known to be a contributor to Asia’s growing plastic waste in recent years. A report said that a single person in Navotas City uses 27 plastic sando bags a week. Using this estimate, a single person would waste about 1,404 plastic bags a year.

Some stores charge extra for the use of plastic to discourage customers, and some cities even ban plastic bags altogether. A year’s worth of plastic bags would cost about P1,652, while investing in a tote bag would only cost about P883 or even less. 

4| Metal Straw

Savings: P453/year

Waste reduced: 365 disposable straws/year

If a person uses one plastic straw a day, that adds up to about P712 for one year. A reusable metal straw costs about P259, or P453 less than 365 plastic straws. Maybe we can start ditching straws altogether, but if you absolutely must have one, consider switching to more sustainable ones, such as metal or bamboo.

5| Item: Metal Chopsticks

Savings: P100/year

Waste reduced: 100 pcs. disposable chopsticks/year

If an average Filipino uses 100 pcs of chopsticks a year (half of what an average Chinese uses, according to a study), it would cost about P302. Investing in metal chopsticks would only cost P202. Although not everyone necessarily purchases their own disposable chopsticks, this would encourage restaurants to go greener as well.


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