A 2015 trip to Danjugan Island nature reserve opened development worker Princess Bala-an's eyes to the beauty of marine life in the Philippines island region of Negros, and led her to join the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation as community manager for the Wala Usik project to reduce plastic waste. It set up a one-year pilot program for "sari-sari" grocery stores used by low-income Filipinos, to use reusable or refillable containers for common household items and sell solid versions of liquid products, and guided restaurant and café owners to source local and compostable materials as alternatives to plastic packaging. She is now expanding this work as strategic projects officer for the Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, a group that helps women achieve economic independence.

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