By now, it’s no secret that Andi Eigenmann has traded her fast-paced and highly public life in the metro for a more peaceful retreat in the islands. “I’ve always cared about the environment, but I believe it wasn’t until I got into surfing that I really made an effort to make a big lifestyle change,” Andi shares. What started as a simple love for the water sport has turned into a series of major life decisions that spans from making the big move to Siargao, adapting certain lifestyle changes in the way she eats and dresses, to the values she’s teaching her kids.
“When you have a close relationship with nature, (in my case, the ocean) I think it becomes inevitable to be so passionate about taking care of it.” Since the time she moved, Andi’s family has grown to embrace the minimalist lifestyle. Currently, although they have adapted a pescatarian and plant-based lifestyle and are making conscious efforts to minimize or avoid the use of plastic, she shares that making the shift towards a more sustainable lifestyle is all about learning along the way. “By no means, do we think we are doing things perfectly, but we really do try our best.“ Andi loves the process of educating herself and finding creative alternatives for minimal living. “We’ve been building toys using recycled items lying around the house. We also try to revamp clothes that we haven’t worn in a while, we’ve even tried tie-dying our clothes!”
As a mother, Andi finds joy in the benefits of introducing a more minimal lifestyle to her children. “I think it allows them to be more conscious of their actions, to be kinder to all that’s around them. Not just to people. I’ve also noticed how they’re not materialistic. They care more about the moments we spend together, and the memories we make with each other.”
Living sustainably has pushed Andi’s style to evolve into one that’s more conscious and true to her aesthetic—super laid back and very boho, but classic. As style is often a reflection of one’s personality, it’s apparent how she incorporates the easy-going spirit of island living into the looks she now curates.
Today, Andi is more aware of the negative effects of her old shopping habits. “I used to buy whatever I felt looked good at the moment. But now, I definitely learned to only purchase what I need.” Quality is now important to Andi when it comes to picking wardrobe pieces. “Practicality has become a priority of mine. I make sure to give a lot of thought to the clothes and things I choose to own or keep.”
She saw how high-quality clothing is a great investment because of how much longer it stays in one’s closet, which is also better for the environment. Andi no longer lets fleeting trends influence the types of clothing she chooses to buy. Instead, she keeps in mind brands that share the same value as her, like sustainability and ethical means of clothing production or sourcing
Not one to cower away from the exciting adventures that lie ahead, this surfer chick treads unknown waters with ease and bravery. Moving forward, she wishes to sustain the consistency of this new lifestyle. “Being so close to nature all the time, you somehow get to see firsthand, what happens when you are not conscious about your actions towards our environment. Maybe we don’t notice it as much in the city, but as for me, a big part of what makes me so in love with my home, is the beauty of nature that surrounds me and nurtures me. It has contributed so much to my happiness.”
Andi wishes to inspire others to make the leap towards sustainability, by starting with simple and little changes. “It’s nice to know that our actions actually encourage more people to try to be more eco- conscious as well.”
Ultimately, Andi emphasizes how people do not necessarily need a lot to live a happy and full life. Because the things that truly matter, as they say, are invisible to the eye.