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A government employee raising four kids in 1993, Lolita B. Cabanlet established CDO Handmade Paper Crafts as a business highlighting the need to care for the environment.

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“I often see landfills filled with plastic junks,” said Lolita B. Cabanlet, who was – in 1993 – eyeing to establish her own business. “I thought, there must be an alternative material (that I can use) that dissolves in waterways and disappears from earth.”

This led to the establishment of CDO Handmade Paper Crafts as a single proprietorship; which eventually evolved to SEC-registered ORO Handmade Innovations Inc. in 2019.

The startup capital was PhP10,000 to buy three blenders.

“I was a government employee with four children when I started making paper using blenders in my kitchen,” she said. And – going back to her concern for the environment – she thought that “abaca or fiber-based paper could be the answer to the problem of plastic solution.”

Lolita’s move proved providential.

“Our products are made of natural fibers and indigenous materials that are renewable and locally-sourced,” she said. “We don’t use artificial or synthetic fabrics in any of our items. We don’t use plastics in all our packaging. We are committed to 100% biodegradable products.”

Lolita added that they also “take conscious effort to ethical sourcing by giving fair market prices to rural and indigenous farmer suppliers.”

They’s reached ROI as early as 2015.

“We were in limbo from 2007-2012 due to the global financial crisis,” she recalled, with the business particularly affected by their exports.

But in the end, things turned out okay.

“Today, there is a growing concern to save Mother Earth and people are more aware compared to the 1990s. This is a big contributory factor to increased sales.”

For people who may want to also open their business, what tips can Lolita give?

“Make sure there is abundance of raw materials, and that you are within the vicinity of your workshop,” she said.

Also, for those looking at exporting (eventually), “attaining critical mass is key.”

To check out or to order the environmentally sustainable products of ORO Handmade Innovations Inc., send an email to info@cdohandmade.com or head to indigenous.ph.

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Try the unique flavors of Sugar Mommah PH

When Diana Abne established Sugar Mommah PH in June 2020 with a start-up capital of only around P5,000, it was – at first – only a “passion project”. But then the goods she prepped started selling out; so much so that it only took her three months to get ROI, so that now she’s focusing on further growing her business.

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When Diana Abne established Sugar Mommah PH in June 2020 with a start-up capital of only around P5,000, it was – at first – only a “passion project”. She loved cooking, yes; but she didn’t (really) bake.

But then the goods she prepped started selling out; so much so that it only took her three months to get ROI, so that now she’s focusing on further growing her business.

Now what makes Sugar Mommah PH different from others offering the same goods?

“I offer unique flavors and tastes – from my Puto Bumbong Cheesecake, Sapin-Sapin Cheesecake and Calamansi Muffins,” Diana proudly said.

Must-try include: Baked Kani Salmon (P400/solo,P550/regular, P1299/party), Baked Samgyeopsal (P350/solo,P500/regular, P1299/party) and Baked Cheesy Tteokbokki (P350/solo,P500/regular, P1299/party).

Also must-have: Tableya Cheesecake (P850/regular, P400/minis), Puto Bumbong Cheesecake (P700/regular, P350/minis), Berry Cheesecake (P700/regular, P350/minis), and Calamansi Muffin (P350/box of 6).

Wanna try the savory offerings of Sugar Mommah PH? Head to Facebook or Instagram: @sugarmommahph; or send a message to Viber/WhatsApp 09177537804.

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ARC pushes for sustainable fashion

ARC tote bags are 14.5” x 5” x 16.5” in dimension, made from a thick bull twill fabric, held by a 21-inch shoulder strap. It is expendable and has an inner pocket that gives you an ample amount of space and storage for your day-to-day essentials. These tote bags come in black, khaki, and fatigue color.

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ARC Clothing is continuing to make a name in sustainable fashion industry, as it extended its line of merchandise that combines both utility and design. Known for its reusable face masks and alcohol holders, the brand is releasing a line of personalized letter patchwork tote bags.

ARC tote bags are 14.5” x 5” x 16.5” in dimension, made from a thick bull twill fabric, held by a 21-inch shoulder strap. It is expendable and has an inner pocket that gives you an ample amount of space and storage for your day-to-day essentials. These tote bags come in black, khaki, and fatigue color.

The tote bags are part of the ARC conscious initiative, a line of ARC Clothing products that puts emphasis on sustainability and environmental consciousness. The brand seeks to minimize its textile waste by recycling and upcycling fabric offcuts from previous productions to new lines of merchandise. 

The bags feature a letter patchwork design, using various fabric offcuts. As it uses scraps, the designs create a distinct and unique pattern for each bag. You can further personalize your bag by choosing the letter of your patchwork upon ordering. 

You can check them out through ARC Clothing’s official website: shoparcclothing.com. You may also follow their social media accounts on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/shoparcclothing) and Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/shoparcclothing/]. For further inquiries, you may contact them through Viber +639664453127 or email them at arcclothingph@gmail.com.

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Savor South African delights through Braai Brothers Philippines

Chris Bezuidenhout used to only prepare South African goodies for his family and friends. But around 2016, some friends told him they’d be willing to buy what he prepared; and so Braai Brothers Philippines came into being, with a startup capital of only P10,000.

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Chris Bezuidenhout used to only prepare South African goodies for his family and friends. But around 2016, some friends told him they’d be willing to buy what he prepared; and so Braai Brothers Philippines came into being, with a startup capital of only P10,000.

“Braai Brothers Philippines is by no means unique,” Chris said. “There are others doing what we do.”

However – and this is worth stressing – “I like to believe that we do everything to the best of our ability and ethically. If we make a mistake, we own it and always try rectify it to the betterment of the customer.”

Due to this approach, “our customers come back to us time after time due to our service offering and authenticity,” Chris said.

Braai Brothers Philippines’ product range is “solid”, Chris said, “and we enjoy a pretty even spread of business.” This is because “I find that customers find heir favorites and stick to it overall and try the other products too.”

The overall bestseller is biltong (similar to jerky), costing P850 per 500g pack. It comes in three flavors (plain, spicy and garlic).

Other offerings include: drywors (basically dried sausage, available in plain or spicy varieties), P1,400 per kg; six flavor varieties of boerewors (a type of sausage that contains 90% meat, and 10% spices/other ingredients), P900 per kg; plain or pepper salami, P1,500 per kg; milktart (a South African dessert consisting of a sweet pastry crust containing a custard filling made from milk, flour, sugar and eggs), P450; and peri peri sauce, P250 per 250ml bottle.

Curious to try delicacies from South Africa? Braai Brothers Philippines should be in your list.

If you want to get in touch with Braai Brothers Philippines, visit their Facebook page @Braai Brothers Philippines (https://www.facebook.com/braaibrothersph), check out their website (https://braaibrothers.one/), or send them a message via mobile phone/WhatsApp/Viber at 09272588688.

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