Five community-based programs that provide circular economy solutions have each received up to Php 500,000 in grants from Save Philippine Seas’ Reimagine Recycling Initiative and the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, with special participation from Tetra Pak Philippines.
Reimagine Recycling is a program that aims to help non-governmental groups with new circular economy solutions that address waste management issues and help improve the welfare of the informal waste sector. The program will help expand these projects through capacity building workshops on stakeholder management, communications and business models, mentoring and financial grant funding.
Now in its fourth year, it sought program proposals for support and funding from The Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, the social investment arm of Coca-Cola Philippines. Since the call for applications opened in June 2022, 10 have been shortlisted to showcase their waste solutions and receive training and tools that will equip them to scale up their initiatives.
Out of the 10 shortlisted initiatives, Alon and Araw, Barrio Studios, #RefillNotLandfill, Sagip Kalikasan and KAKASIE Eco-Park received grants and will continue their work this time with more project funding, not only in terms of collection and recycling but also in educating communities about proper waste separation and management.
“At Coca-Cola, we believe in the power of partnerships to tackle waste pollution and build a circular economy in the Philippines. That’s why we continue to support collaborations like Reimagine Recycling, which enable innovative and sustainable waste management solutions that make an impact in the communities they serve,” said Tony del Rosario, President of Coca-Cola Philippines and Vice President for East Franchise Operations Coca-Cola ASEAN and South Pacific. “By partnering with Save Philippine Seas and Tetra Pak Philippines, we can help entrepreneurs expand their existing circular economy programs while increasing our efforts to achieve our goal of a zero-waste world.”
With additional funding from Coca-Cola Philippines and its partners, Reimagine Recycling Year 4 winners can now focus on expanding and building a stronger foundation for their initiatives:
Alon and Araw provide opportunities for underprivileged children in coastal communities through sport that enables them to foster a love for the environment and aspire to a better quality of life future. Alon and Araw regularly conduct coastal clean-ups, as well as sports, educational and personal development workshops that reinforce important values and promote responsibility within the family, society and the environment. Barrio Studios is a TenTwenty Kids textile and production hub that helps businesses manage their textile waste before use by collecting, separating and converting reclaimed fabrics into value-added goods; #RefillNotLandfill is a supporter of Suds Sustainable Pods, the country’s first pod brand to offer personal care and home cleaning products packaged in water-soluble film, which is biodegradable, non-toxic and zero-waste, providing a sustainable solution to hygiene. Suds is designed to reduce plastic waste and carbon footprint while providing a sustainable alternative that cleans effectively; Sagip Kalikasan aims to prevent plastic leakage into the ocean through environmental education, waste segregation and collection in the communities of Naic, Marogondon and General Trias, Cavite. And last; The Kasambuhan A’a Kauman Association for Sustainability, Innovation and Empowerment (KAKASIE) aims to help address issues of improper waste disposal in Sapa-sapa, Tawi-Tawi by conducting regular training on recycling and upcycling. The community-based organization also aims to build an eco-friendly park.
“It’s truly inspiring to work closely with entrepreneurs and advocates on programs that help tackle waste pollution – from plastic waste collection to textile waste management and training. We are excited to support this year’s Reimagineers and to see their initiatives grow through the program’s resources and mentoring,” said Anna Oposa, Executive Director of Save Philippine Seas.
Smart Recycle PH was also awarded the Tetra Pak Special Award with grant funds for supporting bridges between ordinary people, corporate organizations and verified collection partners, specifically benefitting local junk shop owners.
“We congratulate Smart Recycle PH on the achieved milestone. We are grateful for the opportunity to support high-potential community-based programs that not only encourage grassroots innovation and circularity, but also share our commitment to protecting good through multilateral collaborations,” said Michael Wu, Managing Director, Tetra Pak Market Malaysia. Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia. “Together with our partners, we hope to continue to empower the next generation to make a positive difference in building a zero-waste future.”
“Consistent with our mission to improve the lives of the communities we serve, The Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines will continue to support innovations that empower communities and inspire Filipinos to initiate their own waste resolution programs, like this year’s Reimagineers have done,” said Cecile Alcantara, President of The Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. “This year’s winners proved that there are individuals and organizations who strive to move forward and make a difference in their own way, and we in At the Coca-Cola Foundation, they always welcome such efforts,” she adds.
In 2018, as part of its World Without Waste vision, The Coca-Cola Company announced its global commitment to supporting a circular economy to help reduce waste through the continued use of packaging as a valuable resource. In addition to the Reimagine recycling program, Coca-Cola Philippines is promoting other waste management solutions consistent with its goal of a zero waste world. The company this year opened PETValue, the country’s first bottle-to-bottle recycling facility. PETValue is a joint venture between Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. and Indorama Ventures, a global leader in packaging solutions. Coca-Cola continues to seek and implement sustainable, effective solutions to address the waste problem with the support of partners and communities.
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