Paper made from pineapple waste wins D & AD Future Impact Award

L-R Ideatech CEO Helen Lising, DCP Exec Dir. Rhea Matute, GM Luchi Cabanlet, Oro Handmade Innovations ConGen Claro Cristoba_ & Nic Bautista, Coml Attache, PH NYC Consulate.

A collaboration between Design Center of the Philippines and  Cagayan de Oro-based specialty paper innovator and producer Oro Handmade Innovations (formerlyCDO Handmade Paper) has been awarded by the D and AD Future Impact Awards for its Pinyapel in the Environment and Sustainability Category last October 25, 2019 in New York City.

According to F & B Report. PHPinyapel (a portmanteau of pinya for pineapple, and papel meaning paper) is a locally-processed and manufactured specialty paper from locally-sourced waste pineapple leaves from plantations in Bukidnon.

“When the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) approached me for possible project collaboration, I immediately said yes because we have the same goal, that is the protection of our environment,” said Lolita Cabanlet, general manager of Oro Handmade Innovations

DCP is an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry committed to strengthening the Philippines’ design ecosystem,

Pinyapel Sheets (D & AD Photo)

DCP’s Materials Research and Development Division prepared the technical study and we produced the paper according to the DCP formula,” Cabanlet said. “Nature’s Fresh provided the pineapple leaves for experimentation and Ideatechs Packaging Corporation the technology to utilize pinyapel for consumer and packaging products,” .

Reflecting on being part of the D&AD Future Impact Cohort, Rolyn Lomocso of The Design Center of the Philippines said“Our ambition is for Pinyapel to be commercially and industrially available and to be the impetus to spark innovation in using agricultural wastes to replace forest trees in producing paper. The Future Impact Programme shall provide the Design Center and its collaborators with the necessary guidance, mentoring, network, and funding to take Pinyapel to the next level, which is to be commercially and industrially available.”

With the growing demand for sustainability locally and globally, the Pinyapel development is aimed at encouraging a circular economy that increases livelihood in farming communities and generates commercialization opportunities while giving new value to agricultural wastes.

“We drew inspiration from promoting a plastic- free lifestyle, “Cabanlet said. “With Pinyapel, we aimed to create a paper that dissolves into the waterways, leaves no trace and should be a product from recycled farm wastes.”

Pinyabel Paper Bag (D & AD Org photo)

According to Windowseat.PH , pineapples are huge local commodities, with plantations found all over the country. Region X (Northern Mindanao) is the Philippines No. 1 producer of Pineapples.

Over 706,046 metric tons of pineapples were produced in the fourth quarter of 2018, and with those came millions of disposed pineapple leaves. Rather than leaving them to rot, local innovators have found another purpose for them: paper.

The best part is that the material can be used for packaging, particularly in the food service industry.

Besides reducing the amount of agricultural waste produced, the project has also become a means of income for farmers.

“For every cycle of drying, collecting, and bagging of five tons of pineapple leaves, approximately P1, 753 is added to the weekly income of every seven pineapple laborers,” says Aleli Mae Uy, chief operating officer of Nature’s Fresh PineapplesPinyapel’s supplier of pineapple leaves.

Pinyapel Light Fixtures (DTI-10 photo)

Cabanlet notes how timely Pinyapel’s development is given the growing discussion on ecological consciousness and sustainability.

“Aside from the local market, there is a huge demand for a food-safe pineapple paper itself from other countries, thus, export opportunity for it is bountiful,” she added.

Moving forward, Del Monte Philippines Inc. has expressed their support and willingness to supply the needed requirement for pineapple leaves as Ideatech converts Pinyapel into consumer and packaging products.

Cabanlet foresees Pinyapel scaling up production to a commercial volume to attain favorable price points even as it replaces non-biodegrable plastics what has become a worldwide threat to the environment.

Pinyapel Paper Cups (DTI-10 photo)

D&AD Impact exists to recognize creative ideas that are driving positive change. It does so by elevating purposeful products, initiatives and campaigns; by accelerating projects with the potential for impact through a 12-month Future Impact programme; and by educating brands and entrepreneurs on incorporating purpose into their business strategy.

The program’s website explains: “Through our Future Impact Programme, we aim to support great ideas that have the potential to change the world.”

“Up to 10 winners will have access to a shared prize fund worth $150,000 and delivered over 12-months. The fund combines consultancy, mentoring, master classes and development grants, as well as access to a creative, peer-driven network.”

“Our mission? To enable our first cohort of Future Impacters to deliver tangible impact in their category area within 12 months.”

The Future Impact Programme is supported by McCann Worldgroup, Makerversity, BLOOM.SPACE, Year Here and Social Impact 360.

This award-giving body, which formally honored Pinyapel in an awarding ceremony last November 6, 2019, recognizes “creative ideas that are driving positive change” by “elevating purposeful products, initiatives, and campaigns,” as well as “educating brands and entrepreneurs on incorporating purpose into their business strategy.”

For a better understanding of Pinyapel, follow to the following link to this video.

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