10 Eco-Friendly Shops for Your Health-Food Fix
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(SPOT.ph) Whether you’re a passionate vegan, an eco-conscious citizen, or someone who’s just trying to eat and live cleaner, there’s a growing number of eco-friendly grocery shops to cater to your needs. We’re not just talking about the “healthy” aisles in supermarket chains; we’re talking about shops dedicated to organic, sustainable, and natural food products.
This all-in-one shop is giving weekend markets some serious competition. ECHOstore is open daily, with multiple branches in and out of Manila. Each branch has shelves of ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat deli items, eco-friendly toiletries, condiments, and organic ingredients sourced from sustainable farms. You can even have a coffee or lunch break before filling up your shopping cart. Their menu includes café drinks, smoothies, sandwiches, pastas, and salads. You may find the serving portions smaller than what you’re used to, so go ahead and buy a bag of veggie chips from the shelf to go with your meal.
See a list of ECHOstore branches
You’ll find a lot of Manila’s vegans, vegetarians, and flexitarians (a.k.a casual vegetarians) in Alabang’s healthy neighborhood grocer. One of their mantras is “Real Food doesn’t have ingredients; Real Food is ingredients!” There are shelves of organic ingredients, from free-range eggs to potted lettuce that you can replant at home. They also have gluten-free treats, grass-fed dairy ice cream, and vegan desserts. Delivery options are available on weekends.
Real Food is at Molito Lifestyle Mall, Muntinlupa City (772-0131).
Before the words organic, eco-friendly, sugar-free, and gluten-free became mainstream, Healthy Options was already catering to the niche market of healthy eaters back in the ’90s. Today, they have about 25 branches from Luzon to Mindanao. They have healthier and cleaner alternatives to almost every grocery item you use on a daily basis—including vitamins, snacks, farm produce, and even makeup. They also opened Bow and Wow, “the Healthy Options for dogs and cats” back in 2008.
See a list of Healthy Options branches
Earth Origins Marketplace+Café
Longtime customers may still refer to this place as Sugarleaf, but it’s now called Earth Origins Marketplace+Café. You can shop here for organic vegetables, meats, snacks, bath and body essentials, home cleaning essentials, and other pantry supplies. All products are chemical pesticide-free, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, chemical fertilizers-free, preservatives-free, and non-GMO. They also have options for gluten-free products. If you decide to hang and dine in their Instagram-worthy interiors, there’s a selection of healthy eats like cauliflower rice, all-natural salads, and organically grown meat dishes.
Earth Origins Marketplace+Café is at Wilson Building, 226 Wilson Street, Greenhills San Juan City (570-0878, 661-6639).
Holy Carabao Holistic Farms
Holy Carabao Holistic Farms is found at the countryside of Sta. Rosa, Laguna, where they practice organic and biodynamic farming. All their animals—horses, sheep, chickens, pot-bellied pigs, and worms that cultivate the soil—are raised in a loving and free-roam environment. The produce that comes from this holistic farm can be purchased on Holy Carabao's website and distributed to select groceries like Rustan’s. Their products can also be found at the Holy Carabao Farmers’ Market City Stop in Makati.
Holy Carabao Farmers’ Market City Stop is at 6241 Palma corner Mañalac Streets, Poblacion, Makati City (0977-813-4659).
This small sustainable general store and coffee shop is strictly anti-plastic. In lieu of plastic bags that are omnipresent in most groceries (and clogging our oceans, if we may add), Ritual encourages customers to bring their own clean, reusable containers. Just scoop the all-natural produce from their bins and jars into your containers and pay by the weight. You can also buy products already packaged in small eco jars and bottles.
Ritual is at 2/F Languages International Building, 926 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City (734-5486).
The Clean Plate by Twist
This place is mainly an organic restaurant that caters to both meat eaters and vegetarians. They also have refrigerators and shelves of packaged food items for your eco grocery shopping. As you would expect, the meat is free-range, the produce is sourced from local farmers, and the ingredients are all natural. Right now, we have our radar on their purple corn.
The Clean Plate by Twist has branches at Trinoma Mall, Quezon City; UP Town Center, Quezon City; Serendra, Bonifacio Global City; and Scout Rallos Extension, Diliman, Quezon City.
Before organic restaurants and eco shops spread all over Manila, weekend markets were the best spots to find fresh crops and locally produced organic goods. A lot of weekend markets have come and gone, while others have turned into a commercial hodgepodge. The longstanding ones that continue to provide us with organic and proudly local fare are: Salcedo Weekend Market and Legazpi Sunday Market. There, you will find proudly local organic food brands such as Take Root and Premium Local PH.
Salcedo Market is open every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jaime Velasquez Park between Tordesillas and Leviste Streets, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Legazpi Market is open every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Herrera corner Legazpi and Salcedo V.A. Rufino Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
There’s actually a growing number of proudly local organic food brands, but most of them are available online and/or via consignment. We found five that allow you to shop online and have the items delivered to your doorstep. There’s The Healthy Grocery, which sells basic ingredients like nuts, seeds, coconut sugar, and herbs; The Green Grocer, which sells fruits, vegetables, canned goods, meats, condiments, and ready-made meals; Down to Earth, which sells grass-fed meats and dairy, local produce, herbs, and plant-based food; The Superfood Grocer, which sells vegan ice cream, superfood juicing ingredients, vegan and gluten-free desserts, and juicing equipment; and Cocogreen and Co., which sells plant-based and gluten-free produce.
Emporium Home Store
For those who live in Antipolo and aren’t willing to drive all the way to Makati’s organic joints, there’s Emporium. You can purchase organic fruits and vegetables, juices, and healthy meals such as salads, spring rolls, dips, and sauces. They also deliver to customers outside Antipolo with a minimum purchase of P1,500 and a delivery fee of P60 to 450, depending on your location.
Emporium Home Store is at 24 Molave Street, Banaba Court, Antipolo City (697-3857).