Could BGC be the next big sustainable city?

Published June 23, 2021, 1:33 PM

by Jules Vivas

The commercial hub is on its path to becoming a sustainable city, one spot at a time

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More urban areas are becoming green cities as sustainable living continues to trend. Although there is no universally accepted definition for what makes a city “green,” some ranking systems quantify how eco-friendly a place is based on the environmental impact per person, the renewable energy generation, recycling programs, percentage of people using public transport, and, of course, green spaces.

Green cities are more than just good urban planning. Then again, it starts exactly with that. Best practices and environment-centric movements and projects are the small but necessary elements that make up a sustainable city.

In the Philippines, the latest eco-friendly area has just been launched by one of the leading condiments producer, NutriAsia. The sustainability hub is aimed to encourage Filipinos to embrace a greener lifestyle. Located at the bus stop along 30th street beside track 30th in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), the NutriAsia EcoStation has multiple features that visitors may enjoy.

The EcoStation is an eco-friendly oasis nestled among the skyscrapers of Bonifacio Global City

Among the skyscrapers that dot the cityscape lies the EcoStation. This green innovation called “Select & Collect” allows for a convenient and sustainable method of shopping and restocking well-loved kitchen staples. Customers may purchase their favorite pantry staple by going through the website selectandcollect.ph/ grants. The buyer can select a preferred time to pick up the product at the curbside of the JY Campos Center, or the BYOB (Bring Your Own Bote) booth at the Mind Museum, or the Select and Collect lockers at the NutriAsia EcoStation. This system enables the organized collection of purchases at the customer’s discretion, using their own reusable shopping bags. The concept promotes the purchasing of pantry essentials, minimizing contact while enabling people to reduce their carbon footprint by doing away with unnecessary packaging.

This automated locker serves as a convenient pickup point for your ‘Select and Collect’ purchases

It harnesses solar energy to provide people convenient and accessible options for a more sustainable lifestyle. This sustainable energy also powers up an integrated watering system that irrigates the plants found in the EcoStation.

The dispenser gives free water refills for your reusable containers

“Through the NutriAsia Ecostation, we want to provide people more sustainable options that they can easily inject into their everyday routines. Giving people simple alternatives to reduce their impact on the environment helps push the sustainability conversation forward. We hope that our EcoStation is the first of many. We need to see more sustainable concepts in the future,” said James Lim, head of corporate marketing and communications. By going sustainable and supporting initiatives such as this, we are doing our part to create a better, greener world.