THE GREEN TEAM

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F&B World's list of green tools, green de­signs, green event and green en­tre­pre­neur

With the re­cent calami­ties that have hap­pened like Hur­ri­cane Sandy, the Ja­pan Tsunami and the most re­cent Typhoon Yolanda, the Philip­pines and the rest of the world have wit­nessed dev­as­ta­tions that re­searches have shown to be caused by the rapid de­cline of our Earth's health.

As early as the 1970s, stud­ies and causes have been pushed to pro­mote an aware­ness to stop this down­ward spi­ral. In fact, count­less en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion laws have been passed and then ap­proved by ma­jor­ity of the gov­ern­ments of the world since that era.

In the Philip­pines, laws per­tain­ing to the pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment in ex­is­tence are the fol­low­ing: What can we do to pro­mote these? How can we help abate the en­vi­ron­ment's de­pre­ci­a­tion? What is our range of re­spon­si­bil­ity? How can we do our part?

To jump start our ac­tions, here is the green team.

THE GREEN TOOLS

A com­mon sym­bol used for and around Asia is the bam­boo. The bam­boo is the main topic in 120 English chil­dren's books found at on­line re­tailer Ama­zon's site alone.

With its flex­i­bil­ity to with­stand all kinds of cli­mate and weather, the bam­boo boasts of a long list of qual­i­ties that has hailed it as the green­est of the green. It pro­duces 30 per­cent more oxy­gen than other grass, plants and trees. It grows fast at a rate of two inches per hour. No won­der it has gained the spot­light in the food in­dus­try.

Biodegrad­able, eco-friendly, func­tional are the three traits of Bambooware, Melaware's brain­child to re­duce car­bon foot­prints. Aside from these, the Bambooware line was de­signed cre­atively and made mainly of bam­boo fibers plus other added or­ganic com­pounds. Char­ac­ter­is­tics of the bam­boo as less por­ous than most ma­te­ri­als in the preven­tion of growth of bac­te­ria and as im­pen­e­tra­ble to col­ors and tastes of dif­fer­ent food con­firmed its us­abil­ity for table­ware.

Mar­ket re­search has shown the re­cep­tive­ness of Filipinos to this new con­cept. "The coun­try is grow­ing and the Philip­pines promo has helped us. The prices are com­pa­ra­ble. Right now, it's a line that raises aware­ness and a prac­ti­cal and eco-friendly al­ter­na­tive," Criselda Chua, CDC Man­u­fac­tur­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (mak­ers of Melaware among other table­ware items) Mar­ket­ing Man­ager con­firms.

Tak­ing bam­boo to the next level, Fil­bam­boo Ex­po­nents, Inc., as a so­cial pro­gram en­ter­prise, fo­cused on bam­boo, high­lights prod­ucts from com­mu­ni­ties around the Philip­pines from food, fash­ion, fur­ni­tures, ve­hi­cles and oth­ers.

Fil­bam­boo has been cham­pi­oning bam­boo as a to­tal life­style since 2010. Pres­i­dent Atty. Dulce Pun­za­lan said, "We echo ev­ery­thing we learn to the com­mu­ni­ties. We don't just par­tic­i­pate in one as­pect but in the en­tire life­style. This is a bam­boo life­style: food, shel­ter, cloth­ing and

Fil­bam­boo Ex­po­nents pro­motes a bam­boo life­style with food fa­vorites of achara, cof­fee, em­bu­tido, muffins, chips and din­ing items.

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