These days, sustainability has become more than a bandwagon that consumers hop on. It’s becoming a lifestyle, and with good reason. With climate change and the revolting state of plastic pollution in the ocean, it’s prime time businesses get creative and collaborative with how they get their resources and dispose of their waste. These local businesses are a few noteworthy examples that no matter how small, you can still make an impact— and at the same time showcase the best of the Philippines. From unique and artistic bags made by Typhoon Yolanda survivors to beautifully handcrafted accessories made from up-cycled materials, learn more about these local brands that take us back to our roots.
These beautiful handwoven bags are made by women Yolanda survivors in Leyte. Sabina’s Bags aim to promote their livelihood and help give them a better future.
Using local and natural ingredients, Jaq’s Kitchen aims to promote a healthy lifestyle with products that have no artificial coloring or flavoring, preservatives or MSG while at the same time empowering home-based Filipino entrepreneurs. The company was founded in 2007 by Jennie Orros. After having three children and being a stay-at-home mother, she started experimenting on different Filipino staples such as tuyo, tinapa, tahong and the like. With the help of the Department of Science and Technology, Jennie was able to create long-lasting, healthy and guilt-free products without any chemical agents.
Amber & Anne
Amber & Anne aims to promote the beauty of locally sourced, natural and eco-friendly materials and turning them into luxurious home accessories.
Simply Beautiful PH
Following their purpose of helping women and working-students in Tacloban earn a livelihood after Typhoon Yolanda, this brand’s ethos is as beautiful as their products. All items directly support the livelihood and rehabilitation of affected local communities.
Brabo is a social enterprise that promotes locally sourced, environmentally friendly chocolate drinks and products. They believe that farmers are the real rockstars of the food industry. As such, they go beyond just sourcing beans from them to directly collaborating with farmers to produce decadent chocolate drinks, food and aromatic cocoa butter. In line with their strong environmental beliefs, their packaging and the cups they use to serve are 100% biodegradable and eco-friendly (the cups are made from corn and yam; how cool is that?)
Banana Chief’s is a community partner and exclusive distributor of Mindanaoan-based products that provides natural and healthy alternative snacks and drinks. Promoting the rich resources of Mindanao, their products are carefully sourced in the vast plantations of CARAGA region, Zamboanga, Davao, and Cagayan De Oro.
An heirloom recipe from their maternal grandmother from Pampanga, taba ng talangka has been a staple food at their home since time immemorial. The product is 100% pure taba ng talangka, no preservatives, zero extenders, and certified masarap by the owner of Cibo and 2016 Asia’s Best Female Chef, Margarita Fores.
“All-natural milk from our own grass-fed cows” is a promise that Pinkie and Pinkie’s Farm take very seriously. While most local dairies augment their supply with milk from smaller farms, Pinkie’s Farm is a SINGLE-ORIGIN FARM, which only sells what their own farm produces. That way they can control what goes in their products, from start to finish. What makes it all better is that they ask their customers to return used glass bottles so they can recycle them!
Karisma ni Maria
Karisma ni Maria always aims to create handmade products by maximizing items that are considered waste to other people. Each handcrafted piece produced is unique and made from a variety of items. Their packaging is made from recycled paper bags and single-use plastics from juice tetra packs. They believe that the possibilities are endless when it comes to recycling, repurposing, and reusing.
Bibingka Manila started its business 10 years ago with a recipe originally from Quezon Province. What makes their bibingkas extra delicious and unique is how they infuse the shredded coconut in the mixture.
Support these local and sustainable brands at Rockwell Roots: A Local and Sustainable Fair this weekend from April 11-14 and the following weekend runs on April 25-28 and May 2-5 at the R1 Level expansion of Power Plant Mall!
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