For the modern, socially aware Filipino consumer, buying smart equates to buying ethically. This means purchasing from companies that not only have good working environments, but authentic, development-driven CSR.
If you’re having a hard time finding corporations that fit the bill, don’t fret! Many homegrown businesses are way ahead because they’re driven by the well-being of the Filipino.
Check out our fave local brands-slash-social enterprises that’ll definitely make you proud to be Pinoy!
TELAStory, the smallest and youngest social enterprise on this list, is all about fashion minus the unethical labor. The brand wants to provide workers with a sustainable, profitable manufacturing environment with fair benefits while ensuring that no clothing material will go to landfills. Its transparent people-first, zero-waste practices are why TELAStory’s comfortable clothes are made to order, and are then produced by their seamstresses in Binondo.
TELAStory also provides services like screen printing, fabric sourcing assistance, and the occasional fabric upcycling workshops.
Find them at http://telastoryinc.com/
If you’re a tea lover, you’ll fall head over heels for the signature all-natural flavors of Tsaa Laya’s Filipino blends! Jamir Ocampo began the company in 2012 as a solution to the lack of livelihood of displaced urban settlers in Calauan, Laguna. With community partners in Calauan and the Ifugao-based Kiangan Tea Villages, the venture prides itself on its premium teas that are locally sourced from herbs, fruits, and spices, and crafted with love and care. At its core, Tsaa Laya is about empowering its women workers by equipping them with the skills to take charge of their businesses and lives.
Find them at https://tsaalaya.com/
Over the past 12 years, Messy Bessy has become a beloved constant in malls and homes thanks to their affordable, plant-based, biodegradable home and personal care products. More importantly, the company continues to champion at risk youth who’ve been their number one employees since the company’s founding. When they established the HOUSE Foundation (Helping OUrselves through Sustainable Enterprises) in 2015, the brand’s social impact only increased. Through the program, Messy Bessy has been able to give many young abused, poor, or marginalized Filipinos access to education and reliable work, one product at a time.
Find them at https://messybessy.com/
Be part of the zero waste movement with Paralúman! Founded in 2017, the brand hopes to inspire Filipinos to be more environmentally conscious. Its Maginhawa, Makati, and online stores carry organic hygiene, dining, and home products that are perfect for your sustainable lifestyle. All their goods are locally sourced and handcrafted, with formulations continually being improved by the owners. Don’t know how to look after your products? Just browse their product care guides on their Instagram.
Find them at http://www.paraluman.ph/
Do you love getting fresh fruits and veggies, but hate being unable to directly support the farmers who produced them? Turn to the Good Food Community, which works with Tarlac and Benguet partners to bring newly harvested goods to Manila. With its Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program, the social enterprise bridges customers or co-producers with the farmers of their chosen greens for a set number of weeks. Now, you’ve got a healthy system of sustainable, informed producing and consuming! Good Food makes the effort to stand up for our farmers become as easy as subscribing to your fave magazine.
Find them at https://www.goodfoodcommunity.com/
Ultimately, whether you’re into zero waste clothes or artisanal foods, there’s a homegrown brand that’ll bring you closer to the guilt-free lifestyle you deserve. So go shop now to start crafting your beautiful, sustainable life!