THE GREEN TEAM
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.