These Local Food Businesses Help Out Communities

Let's start patronizing our own!

IMAGE Bea Faicol

Mindful consumption is not just a buzzword—it's a lifestyle that a lot of people are turning to and making sure daily choices, including our choices in food items, support businesses that give back. 

 

Human Nature supports this lifestyle by carrying items driven by the pro-Philippines and pro-environment movements. They carry numerous brands of genuinely organic and locally-made food items, natural and affordable personal care, cosmetics, and home care products.

 

 

Some of the items you can find on their website: Kayumanggi Organic’s Wild Ginger Tea (P359.75), or salabat, an affordable and healthier way to keep warm and fight off flu and colds this rainy season. Kayumanggi Organic helps the community by working with two communities in Alubijid, Misamis Oriental where they purchase the raw materials above the standard market price.

 


For coffee fans, Café Lugud’s Arabica coffee (P360) will give you your much-needed energy-boost. How are they helping out the community? Café Lugud buys their beans from Benguet farmers and donates their profits to a Pampanga Gawad Kalinga Sibol School’s scholarship fund.

 

 

 


Human Nature also highlights our local chocolate purveyors: Theo and Philo, who sources their cacao from Davao farmers, has chocolate bars with flavors like turon, calamansi, siling labuyo, dark chocolate with green mango and sea salt, and milk chocolate with pili and pinipig. Coco Dolce Chocolates have variants of 65% dark chocolate, 75% dark chocolate with chili, milk chocolate, and milk chocolate with rice crispies. Coco Dolce produces these chocolate bars with the use of coco sugar to sweeten it thus having a lower glycemic value. Coco Dolce, who is under The Freefood Co., gives back to their employees with a 20% salary increase.

 



For the health-conscious, Sweet & Fit Stevia (P199.75) is a plant-derived sugar substitute that has zero calories. By supporting their business, the company helps their employees from Bulacan by earning twice more than what they earn from rice farming. Sweet & Fit also provides the community members with educational assistance, health care, and additional training to improve their way of life.

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First Harvest’s Peanut Spread (P184.75, 250g), Peanut Crunch Spread (P189.75, 250g), and Coco Sugar Spread (P230) will do you and the kids good. First Harvest helps by employing mothers and sustaining them with living wages. They also mentor students from the School of Experiential and Entrepreneurial Development.

 

 


The kids will love Tintan’s Assorted Cookie Bites (P160). Tintan’s helps the community by providing livelihood to mothers and working students from GK Baseco.

 



A great alternative for salty chips is the Pili & Pino Granola (P195), which are made sweet by the finest coco nectar from Mindanao. This granola-fruit mix is perfect to pair with yogurt or milk for a creamier snack. Pili & Pino helps local agriculture flourish by giving local farmers sustainable earning opportunities.

 


Bayani Brew Farm Fresh Tea in Lemongrass Pandan (P59.75; P239.75, for a pack of four) is a natural cleanse brewed from organic farmed greens. Bayani Brew supports small-scale farmers in Bulacan and Tarlac buy sourcing their natural ingredients at above market prices.

 

To purchase these products, go to Human Nature’s website.

 

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