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Female marine turtles come ashore to lay their eggs during the nesting season—during which, a female can lay hundreds of eggs. However, relatively few young turtles reach maturity. The long time to reach maturity and the many natural dangers faced by hatchlings and juveniles mean that as few as 1 in 1,000 eggs will survive to adulthood.

 


Mother's Day is just around the corner! This month, we celebrate the little things we can do to help protect Mother Earth! If you’re a mom, you will find some useful tips you can employ in your household. If not, you can share to your family and friends the simple practices they can adopt! You can also draw inspiration from Jenny Chua, a mother and WWF donor who has taken big steps to promote sustainable living.

 

We hope this issue inspires you to help build lasting solutions for a living planet. Thank you for supporting WWF!

 

10 Ways To Be An Eco-Mom


If we are to live greener lifestyles, it is important to start at home. This month, we encourage you to adopt these simple practices and share them with your kids. If you’re not a mom, you can still invite the other members of your household! Whatever lasting action you can do is an action that our world needs.

1. Be energy-efficient.
LED (light emitting diode) lamps use only 26% energy that traditional incandescent bulbs use. Energy-efficient light sources and appliances can make a huge difference on your electricity bill.

2. Mind your water consumption.
Did you know that an average household consumes about 25 gallons for short showers and 30 gallons for washing dishes?

3. Mind your waste disposal.
It takes 350 years for an aluminium soda can to decompose. A plastic six-pack ring? About half a millennium. Imagine how much garbage accumulates in our landfills. When not disposed of properly, our waste also ends up polluting our waterways and our seas – harming marine life.

4. Buy local.
It takes more resources for imported goods to reach our doorsteps. Patronizing local products will also boost local economy.

5. Don’t flush forests down the toilet.
Choose recycled tissue. Every day, about 270,000 trees are flushed down the drain or end up as garbage all over the world. Most tissue products available in shops today – are made of virgin fibres and not recycled content.

6. Bring an eco-bag with you.
An estimated 500 billion to one trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide every year. This means over a million plastic bags are used every second.

7. Use your own tumbler.
Every year, 1.5 million tons of plastic are used to produce disposable water bottles and containers.

8. Think before you print.
Paper is too valuable to waste. Around the world, we use 1 million tonnes of paper every day. Too much of this paper usage is wasteful and unnecessary and puts huge pressures on the environment.

9. Go one degree up.
When it’s too cold in the room, increasing your air-conditioning unit’s thermostat by 1 degree will still leave you feeling comfortable, but could cut your energy bill by as much as 10%.

10. Make better travel choices.
Whether it's getting to work, going on vacation, or just doing the grocery shopping, how you move about – and what you do at your destination – can have a big impact on the planet.

 

DAPPY: Making Babies (and the Planet) Happy!


Meet Jenny Velasco-Chua, a mother of two who has taken significant steps to help protect the environment through reusable bamboo cloth diapers!

Did you know that it takes more than 200 years for disposable diapers to decompose? Now imagine how many diapers end up in landfills, adding to Earth’s garbage disposal problem.

Jenny saw the need to address this by developing DAPPY – Make Babies Happy, whose hero product, Bamboo Dappy, is a tool for moms to slash their budget for diapers and help protect the planet – one bamboo-made diaper at a time!

This month, WWF talks to Jenny in the hopes of inspiring other moms to be more eco-conscious and patronize products that give back to the environment.


Jenny Velasco-Chua


WWF: Hi Jenny! Please let our readers know more about yourself.

I'm Jenny Velasco-Chua, a wife and a mom of 2 boys - Kalel, 5 years old and Sky, 1 year old. I am the founder and CEO of DAPPY - Make Babies Happy, and the brand owner of Bamboo Dappy. I am also a full time employee in a media holding company, handling Sales and Accounts management.

WWF: How did you come up with the idea of shifting to reusable cloth diapers and inviting other moms to do the same?

Jenny: It all started in 2008, when we had our first son. We were always on the lookout for cheaper disposable diapers. We all know that branded diapers are expensive, only to be thrown away. In our search for cheap disposables, we found imported overrun diapers from abroad. It’s 50% cheaper than supermarket brands. Being an entrepreneur by heart, I decided to sell these diapers online and to my mommy friends. There were times when we would get stocks of organic brands and it will all be sold in a week’s time because of the demand. I realized that moms want to help the environment by using organic yet affordable products.

One day, I started asking myself just after I threw a soiled diaper in the trash can "Where do all those soiled diapers go? What happens after disposal?" I found out through research that most disposable diapers do not decompose until at least two centuries – that’s way past the time of my children's great grand children from the time I disposed it.

I saw this demand as an opportunity to create my own organic brand and help our environment further. I sometimes question how the world will look like when my children become teenagers. And it scares me sometimes. Now, I truly hope that our efforts, with the help of other moms' and other individuals of course, will make our planet a better place to live in.

WWF: Why should moms choose reusable cloth diapers over disposable ones? Moreover, why should they pick ones that are made from bamboo?

Jenny: Our mission is really to save the planet one diaper at a time and the benefit of using cloth diapers over disposable ones is obvious: You will be reducing our baby's carbon footprint.

But DAPPY doesn't just end with that benefit. We not only want cloth diapers, commonly made of microfiber and micro fleece, to replace disposable ones.

We also want to encourage parents to make an even more responsible choice by using bamboo-made washable cloth diapers and other bamboo-made products because these are natural and biodegradable.

WWF: What are the benefits of using bamboo-made cloth diapers?

Jenny: They are hypoallergenic. Bamboo cloth is organic and does not cause allergic reactions. It prevents poor ventilation, diaper rashes and butt sores.

It is also anti-bacterial because it contains Bamboo Kun, an anti-microbial agent that gives bamboos its resistance to pest and fungi infestation. It prevents the cultivation of bacteria in the diaper to lessen door and keep your baby's skin healthy.

Bamboo cloth is also environment-friendly! Bamboo is a renewable resource that grows without the need for chemical fertilizers or pesticides. It also grows fast because it is a plant. This is better than using trees to make diapers.


Bamboo Dappy Diapers

WWF: You are also a monthly donor of WWF. Why did you choose to donate a portion of DAPPY sales to the organization?

Jenny: I personally admire WWF for its dedication to the planet's preservation. I am also a scuba diver and appreciate marine life very much and I know how much efforts WWF is doing to save our marine animals.

Because many are still not knowledgeable of how they can help (but have the desire to help), we decided to make everyone a contributor by just buying DAPPY products. This way, every individual is able to help.

WWF: Can you give moms other tips on how to protect the environment?

Protecting the environment begins with a desire for change. Aside from what the information we get from media, blogs and clips we read on environment saving efforts, and our support on establishments' campaigns to use reusable bags, it all has to start within our hearts.

It’s a lifestyle we should start embracing. There are countless things we can do, but I believe it’s really making ourselves more conscious everyday in everything we do, from the littlest thing to the more tedious activities.

As mothers in our generation rise up and take an active role, we will be able to influence our families, friends and communities to make our country, then world, a more enjoyable place for our children and the generations after them.

Want to learn more about Bamboo Dappy? For inquiries, send an email to babydappylove@gmail.com.

 

Moms and Kids Support WWF Doodle Day!


Last April 21, Sunday, WWF gathered hundreds of moms and kids who pledged to make a bolder, more colorful statement for the spectacular species which make our planet special.

Together with the Doodle Art Enthusiasts, the participants drew images of elephants, rhinos, tigers, sea turtles, whales, dolphins, whale sharks, manta rays, sea horses, tamaraw, and Philippine eagles!

Doodle Day

Click here to view photos of the WWF Doodle Day!


These endangered and vulnerable species, however, fall victim to international wildlife trafficking.

WWF’s Doodle Day is a creative way for youngsters and kids-at-heart to create a safer world for our wildlife and to help curb the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade.

Proceeds from the WWF Doodle Day will help fund WWF-Philippines’ local endangered species conservation programs, which help protect the following:

  • Whale sharks in Donsol, Sorsogon, where WWF facilitates a community-based eco-tourism and scientific research program;

  • Dugongs in the Davao Gulf, where WWF carries out coastal resource management and climate change adaptation programs;

  • Green sea turtles in Tawi-Tawi, where WWF implements mariculture management and marine conservation programs; and

  • Irrawaddy dolphins at Malampaya Sound in Palawan, where WWF protects this critically-endangered species from threats like habitat loss and fisheries by catch.

 

The Perfect Way to Say "I Love You, Mom!"


Want a free and easy way to tell Mom how much you appreciate her this Mother's Day? Send a card that is sure to be noticed and remembered from WWF's Mother's Day E-Card Collection!

Sending a WWF E-Card is fun, easy and free. Let your mom, grandmother, aunt, or sister know how much you are thinking about them by sending an adorable WWF E-Card!


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