Showing posts with label Environment-friendly. Show all posts
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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Filipino Firm Secures Lead Safe Paint Certification

10:07:00 PM

A Filipino-owned paint company has achieved Lead Safe Paint (LSP) status for its range of paints, covering architectural, marine, automotive, traffic, textile, and industrial applications. This significant milestone comes after a thorough third-party certification process, confirming that the paints contain less than 90 parts per million (ppm) of lead. This limit is considered the strictest worldwide for lead content in paints.

The company's commitment to safety and quality shines through this achievement, as it underscores their dedication to providing products that meet international standards. With lead being a well-known hazardous substance, this certification ensures that consumers can trust in the safety of the paints for various uses, from architectural projects to marine applications.

In a statement, the company expressed its pride in attaining the Lead Safe Paint certification, emphasizing the importance of responsible manufacturing practices. By adhering to the stringent regulatory limit for lead content, they aim to contribute to environmental protection and public health. This recognition also highlights the company's role in promoting safer alternatives in the paint industry.

With this certification, customers can have peace of mind knowing that they are choosing paints that prioritize safety without compromising on quality. As the company continues to innovate and uphold its commitment to excellence, it sets a positive example for the industry and demonstrates the value of sustainable and safe paint solutions.


“Following a thorough verification process, SCS is pleased to announce that Triton, Rosco, Primecoat, Acri-Lux, and Louts paint brands have successfully met the strictest 90 ppm regulatory standard for lead content in paint. We congratulate Roosevelt Chemical Inc. - Triton Paints Philippines for joining a growing league of lead-safe paint makers in the country,” said Rob Emelander, Program Manager, SCS global Services, the LSP certification body and a US-based global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification. “with the invaluable help and support of the international Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) and EcoWaste Coalition, we aim to help the Philippine paint industry move towards a lead-safe future.”

Roosevelt Chemical Inc. - Triton pains Philippines is now authorized to use the distinctive LSP certification mark on their paint containers and promotional materials. This will provide consumers with a visual guide assuring them that such paints pose no leas-based paint hazard for their families, especially the children who are most susceptible to the adverse effects of lead exposure.

“as a responsible corporate citizen, our company Roosevelt Chemical Inc. - Triton paints Philippines recognizes the critical importance of lead safety. We firmly believe that safeguarding public health and protecting the environment go hand in hand with our business goals. Our company’s commitment to lead safety extends beyond business - it’s a moral obligation. Therefore, our company takes pride in ensuring that our paints meet the highest safety standards. Each of our products undergoes rigorous testing and evaluation,” said Ferdinand L. Sy, Executive Vice-President for Sales and Marketing, Roosevelt Chemical Inc. - Triton Paints Philippines. “And now, we are proud to have our product lines carry the LSP certification logo. In partnership with DENR_EMB, EcoWaste Coalition, IPEN, PPCAI, and SCS Global Services, we will continue to contribute to a healthier and safer world for generations to come. Choose our certified products and join us in championing lead safety.”

“Even in countries with regulations in place, lead-containing paints remain widely produced and sold. The success of Roosevelt Chemical Inc. - Triton paints Philippines in eliminating lead in their decorative and industrial product lines is commendable. Them taking steps to get their paints certified as LSP is worth emulating and something we encourage other paint companies to follow as this will help their customers in making informed choices when buying paints,” said Jeiel Guarino, Global Lead Paint Elimination Campaigner, IPEN, which established the LSP program in 2015.

The LSP certification obtained by Roosevelt Chemical Inc. - Triton Paints Philippines drew approval and commendation from government, industry and civil society stakeholders, which have been working together to promote and uphold the ban on lead in paint manufacturing under the Chemical Control Order (CCO) promulgated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR in 2013.

“We are very proud that another Filipino company, Roosevelt Chemical, Inc. - Triton paints Philippines, passed the LSP certification requirements with flying colors. Congratulations to the women and men who made this feat possible! This is a clear proof of the paint industry’s support to the CCO banning lead additives in the manufacture of pains and similar surface coatings. We urge other paint makers not to be left behind and get certified as well,” said Assistant Secretary Gilbert Gonzales, Director, DENR - Environment Management Bureau (DENR-EMB).

“Congratulations to Roosevelt Chemical Inc. - Triton paints Philippines on the monumental achievement of securing the LSP certification for your product lines! This certification is not only a testament to your unwavering commitment to public health and safety but also sets a new industry standard for responsible manufacturing. Your dedication to producing safe, environmentally friendly paints is truly commendable and sets a benchmark for others to follow,” said Reginald Yu, President, Philippine Paint and coatings Association, Inc. (PPCAI).


For the EcoWaste Coalition, a partner of IPEN and the PPCAI (formerly PAPM) in developing the LSP standard, the success of Roosevelt Chemical Inc. - Triton Paints Philippines represents another high point in the country’s unrelenting efforts to eliminate lead-added paints.

“The LSP certificates awarded to Triton and its sister paints symbolize an important stride for the company’s removal of lead ingredients in paint production in compliance with the CCO. This signifies another high point in the paint industry’s goal to produce quality products with ‘no heavy metals,’ ‘low volatile organic compounds (VOCs)’ and which are ‘eco-friendly’,” said Manny Calonzo, Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition. “We look forward to reaching out and assisting more local companies acquired LSP certification as this will be good for public health and the environment, and for business, too.”

To view the LSP certificates for the verified paints from Roosevelt Chemical inc. - Triton paints Philippines, please go to:

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Go Environment-Friendly with BagsGo

3:34:00 PM

Here's one of Kwento Ni Toto's mostly likely things to do... save the environment!  Yup, and since we cannot literally pick trash online well sharing things that can help reduce waste and help MOTHER EARTH is the least that we can do online.  Gladly here's one brand that aims to do the same as well with their reusable bags and it is called BagsGo, an on-the-go bag.  This is exactly what this new, revolutionary reusable bag is trying to do: HELP YOU HELP SAVE THE EARTH.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Human Nature, History and Advocacy

10:39:00 AM

Anna’s passion for the environment blossomed with her first child in 2005. Together with her husband, Dylan, the successful British multi-millionaire who gave up his fast cars and wealthy lifestyle in England to work for the poor in the Philippines, the couple decided to use cloth diapers after reading that it takes 500 years for disposable diapers to biodegrade and that many of the chemicals in them are toxic. Anna struggled with the decision (especially when washing squishy nappies!) but initial reluctance became a conviction that their inconvenience was a small price to pay for their kids to know a world that is still intact and beautiful. Their desire to live a more sustainable and ethical lifestyle extended to the products they used on their children and themselves, opting for fewer chemicals and less stuff in general, resulting in less waste and a smaller carbon footprint.

Camille, on the other hand was already experimenting with cosmetics as early as elementary school! She eventually became a freelance make-up artist and joined a cosmetics company after college. However, her longing to merge her passion for cosmetics and her conscience to help the country was still waiting to be fulfilled. 

Anna and Dylan spent a year in the US between July 2007 and June 2008, where Dylan was setting up a network of volunteers for Gawad Kalinga. Whilst in the US, Anna observed a growing trend of natural and ethical products penetrating the mainstream market, making them more accessible to ordinary Americans instead of just being products for the wealthy and the elite. They were now present in supermarkets and drug stores at more affordable prices. She wondered whether this phenomenon could be replicated in the Philippines. Were Americans the only people who could have the privilege of enjoying a healthier lifestyle and saving the environment? 

Camille joined the couple halfway through their US assignment. Soon the sisters started doing more research on how to bring affordable, natural products to the Philippines, work that they continued even after coming home to the country. Their persistence finally paid off and the Human Nature brand was born. 

Human Nature was launched in November 2008. Today, it has become the country’s leading and trail-blazing social enterprise, hailed by Entrepreneur magazine as “the game-changer of the decade,” and studied as a successful working model for a social enterprise by students at Berkley University, California and Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore. It has sold almost 3 million products through its network of16,000 dealers and its 19 branches all over the country. This year, it started selling its mineral makeup line Love Minerals at Beauty Bar, the only Filipino cosmetics brand carried by the premiere personal care chain. A selection of Human Nature’s best-selling products is available at Rustan’s Supermarket and Shopwise. Human Nature is also distributed in the US and Singapore, with more plans of expansion on the way. 

Human Nature employs Gawad Kalinga residents as part of its full-time staff and has started work on a Human Nature Organic Demo Farm at the GK Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan. Guided by the principles of being PRO-PHILIPPINES, PRO-POOR and PRO-ENVIRONMENT, the company continues to strive to provide prosperity to the Philippines through successful and sustainable social enterprise and quality natural products for all Filipinos. 


Gandang Kalikasan, Inc., the company that brings you the Human Nature range of natural personal care and beauty products is founded on three core principles of being PRO-PHILIPPINES, PRO-POOR, & PRO-ENVIRONMENT. 

From the beginning, the company was set up with the goal of providing more livelihood to Gawad Kalinga residents and communities. The dream is to set up GK communities as globally certified organic farms which can produce world-class raw materials for Human Nature products. Work has already started on the very first Human Nature GK Organic Farm in Bulacan in partnership with NGOs that specialize in organic farming and processing. As firm believers in fair trade principles, Human Nature buys raw materials from its community-based suppliers at fair trade prices, and sometimes even above market prices if the market price is not enough to provide a good quality of life for the farmers. 

The company employs GK residents from nearby communities in Quezon City and provides a fair living wage which is much more than the minimum wage required by law. It also provides warehouse staff with full benefits and overtime pay in order to promote dignity of work. 

Human Nature products are 100% made in the Philippines. It sources as many raw materials as possible from the Philippines and will only import if there is no local availability. All too often, multinational companies (or even Philippine-owned ones) will source their products and raw materials abroad if the price is cheaper by even a few centavos, costing Philippine jobs and sending that money out of the local economy forever. Human Nature wants to invest in Philippine-made products because it believes in the country and its people. 

During the product development stage, potential raw materials are evaluated based on two criteria: Can the plant/herb/raw material be sourced locally? If not, can it eventually be grown in the Philippines so that the company can find ways to start an industry producing it? Only when an ingredient meets these qualifications is it used. For example, Tea Tree Oil is a very popular ingredient but it can't be grown in the Philippines so it is not used in Human Nature’s formulations. Lemongrass is widely grown and produced in the Philippines so it is in many Human Nature products and the company continues to seek ways to use it. 

Human Nature believes that Filipinos can produce world-class finished goods. Other countries have reached prosperity by buying raw materials cheaply from poor countries and turning them into expensive finished goods. Think of Switzerland – they produce some of the finest chocolate in the world, yet not a single cocoa bean grows naturally in Switzerland. They buy cocoa from around the world, turn it into chocolate and sell it back to the country that grew it for many times the price! The only way for the Philippines to become prosperous is for it to produce not just raw materials, but world-class finished goods and for Filipinos to start buying Filipino products. 

Let’s face it, the Philippines will be mostly agricultural for a long time to come and for as long as they only grow rice, its farmers will always be poor. But other countries have developed first-world economies from agriculture. Think of France – what do they produce? Fine wine, champagne, the best cheeses, expensive natural fragrances... some of the most valuable natural products in the world come from France. If our farmers grow okra, they can often only get 50 centavos per piece or less. But by switching to, say, organic aloe vera, they can earn as much as P50 per leaf – a hundred times the value. This is how Human Nature aims to help the country – by sourcing locally at fair trade prices, producing world-class finished goods and exporting them around the world. 

Human Nature takes its responsibility of being nature’s steward very seriously. It carefully deliberates on the impact of all its business decisions on the environment. For example, all raw materials are thoroughly researched to ensure that they are naturally derived, are not processed using environmentally toxic processes and do not become toxic when released into the environment after the user has finished with the product. It also uses recyclable bottles in its packaging to minimize its impact on the country’s overburdened landfills. 

Human Nature is about loving the Philippines, loving the environment and loving people as it provides only the safest and purest world-class ingredients for them. These are effective AND affordable organic and natural personal care products that feel as good on your skin as they do in your heart. We hope that you will find a sense of peace and purpose knowing that your everyday choices have a positive impact on the poor, our country and our planet. 


Gandang Kalikasan Inc was created by Anna M. Wilk and Camille Meloto, two of the daughters of Tony Meloto, founder of Gawad Kalinga (GK). GK has already transformed more than 2,000 slums in the Philippines into beautiful, peaceful communities that are on their way to becoming productive too. 

Gawad Kalinga is recognized globally as a world-class Filipino movement for nation-building by everyone from Harvard University to the National Institute of Education in Singapore. In 2006, GK won the Magsaysay Award, Asia’s Nobel Prize. Human Nature’s vision is that as soon as GK villages are capable of producing its ingredients to the highest standards, the company will equip and empower them to grow and process the raw materials needed for its products. 

Beginning October 2010, 100% of all profits earned by Human Nature from the sales of its best-selling Citronella Bug Spray have gone to the farmer’s cooperative in Labo, Camarines Norte, Bicol, which supplies the organic citronella oil used in the product through thePhilippine Federation for Environmental Concern (PFEC). This contribution has not only funded new extractors to improve their production, it has also uplifted their community by funding a school renovation and providing healthcare for the farming families. 

Human Nature’s certified organic lemongrass essential oil is sourced from the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc.(AIDFI) in Negros Occidental. AIDFI provides renewable and cheap technologies to rural folk to help supply the basic needs of water, sanitation and energy. In 2010, AIDFI won the BBC World Challenge with its perfection of the hydraulic water pump that provides water to remote villages. With this technology, the lemongrass farmers in Negros were able to produce organic lemongrass essential oil for Human Nature.

Through its partnerships with these noble organizations, Human Nature hopes to bring sustainable livelihood to Gawad Kalinga communities to fulfill its vision of creating hundreds of world-class community organic farms in the Philippines, providing livelihood for thousands of its poorest people. 

Human Nature is available through Human Nature dealers and branches. The Flagship Store is located at 463 Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City. To learn more about Human Nature products, contact a Human Nature dealer, or find out how to be a Human Nature dealer, visit, your nearest Human Nature Branch or call (02) 931-5787.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Simply Ecological Earth Day at SM City North EDSA

5:07:00 PM

Create an eco-beautiful style with a demonstration on green living at the "Simply Ecological Earth Day Exhibit" from April 22-29.

In partnership with The Philippine School of Interior Design, the exhibit will feature an Eco-board on how to shop with sustainability in mind, and showcase 18 ec-inspired displays from Our Home, Muebles Asia, Modufit, Dos Pueblos, Lazy Boy, Muebles de Abubot, Urban Concepts, Dimensione, Contempo Design, Space and Style and Linden Teak.

More and more people around the world are finally realizing the importance of conserving our natural resources and protecting Mother Earth. We know that we can do our part by following thethree R's - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - but not a lot of people know that you can start right in your own home!

Come to Interior Zone at SM City North EDSA and find out how!

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