- Frequently Asked Questions
FAQsFrequently Asked Questions
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EcoNest Philippines provides holistic solutions to to address current environmental issues. We help PREVENT further contamination of plastic products by providing a full range of sustainable alternatives for packaging and corporate merchandise, we CURE existing environmental issues by highlighting efforts and initiatives of local organizations where our partners may participate in and we SUSTAIN these efforts by educating consumers and our partners with the correct information about the use of plant-based packaging materials.
The EcoNest Philippines Sustainability Alliance aims to reduce and/ or eliminate the dependence on petroleum-based and tree-based packaging materials to drastically lessen production of carbon footprint and curb climate change. The alliance provides its members insights, information and best practices being used globally.
Customers, clients, business partners and partner distributors/ resellers are automatically part of the EcoNest Philippines Sustainability Alliance. We provide posters, social media collaterals and a wealth of information that can be used freely for us to further influence more and more establishments to make the switch and to be able to educate consumers.
Please fill out our form here: Reseller Contact Form and one of our Product Specialists will contact you.
We appreciate your interest. EcoNest Philippines is a privately held company by Secaed Global Enterprises Inc., and at this time we have growth funding already in place.
We have tons of information available online. To learn more about composting, please read Return Our Products Back to Nature FAQs and visit our About pages. Information on our company, plant-based materials and products can be found on our Catalogue, Press Kit, News & Events and the Products FAQs.
EcoNest Philippines aims to provide sustainable alternatives to the market and we are continuously on the lookout for technologically advanced and eco-friendly solutions. We have curated select products which you may download here: EcoNest Ph Downloadable Product Catalog
EcoNest Philippines ensures that products are hygienically packed and sealed for safety purposes. Given the many size variants of all the different categories we are carrying, minimum order quantities may vary per SKU type. You may directly download our catalog to check the quantities.
- Cassava Biobags - 10,000 pieces per bag color, maximum of 2 ink colors per bag, max. 2 sizes per order
- Sugarcane Cups - 5,000 pieces of assorted cup sizes
- Plantable Ballpens/ Pencils - 1,000 pieces per type, min 500 pieces per seed type, either 1-color direct print or engraved, 1 design per 1,000 pieces
- Bamboo Fibre Straws - 100,000 pieces per straw size, maximum 4 different straw colors
- 1. Cassava Biobags are packed by 50s or 100s in packs and each box may include 300 pieces to 2,500 pieces depending on the dimensions and weight of the biobags.
- Sugarcane Takeout Items are packed by 50s, 100s or 125s and each box may include 200 pieces to 1,000 pieces depending on the SKU type.
- Bamboo Fibre Straws are packed by 25s, 100s or 400s and each box may contain 2,000 pieces - 2,500 pieces depending on the straw size and thickness.
At EcoNest Philippines, our approach to the environment is all encompassing. We are a company with an environmental focus, so we are constantly striving for improvements and innovations to sustain our environment, as well as guarantee our own future.
- Downloadable Cassava Biobags FAQs Card
- Downloadable Sugarcane Takeaway Containers FAQs Card
- Downloadable Bamboo Fibre Straws FAQs Card
- Downloadable Plantable Pens FAQs Card
EcoNest Philippines Sugarcane Takeaway Items are designed for single-use and best stored at temperatures not more than 40°C. Our products may be used in ovens, microwaves, refrigerators or freezers. We encourage customers to request product samples, as each kitchen is different, so samples allow you to test our items with your menu offerings.
If half of the world’s plastic production switched to crop-based bioplastics, the industry would still only require 3% of the world’s cultivated land. Our raw materials can be grown on outlying agricultural land and not interfere with food production as these are not intended to be consumed by humans.
Definitely. Our existing partners can attest to the products' quality and functionality, in addition to being recognised for our eco ethos and environmental services.
EcoNest Philippines is introducing a wide-range of technologically advanced items in the Philippines. As such, our supply chain is spread across a range of territories including the Philippines and other countries in Asia. We manufacture our products close to the source of our raw plant-based materials, so that when transported, EcoNest Philippines products are in their finished form.
Same process, different breakdown speeds. Biodegradable tells us nothing about timescales – for example, wood is biodegradable, but a log cabin can stand for generations. Compostable means that packaging can break down in under 12 weeks in composting conditions, and is therefore suitable for industrial composting.
There are different composting methods that can also be done at home such as Bokashi and Takakura. The fermented bed would help speed up the biodisintergration process of our compostable packaging.
Our takeaway packaging is made from plants using renewable, lower carbon, recycled or reclaimed materials, and these sustainability benefits still apply no matter what happens to them after use.
Used items should not be placed in standard recycling bins which collect paper, plastics and metals, as those materials go to a different type of sorting facility. Another reason is that food waste harms the quality of mechanical recycling – the same applies to any used foodservice disposables.
Biodegradable waste goes to either incineration or landfill. If our products are incinerated, energy is produced. Incineration studies on compostable packaging show that PLA bioplastic produces more heat than newspaper, wood or food waste; also that it produces no volatile gases and leaves little residue. Some in the waste sector prefer plant-based materials over conventional plastics as they give off fewer toxic gases.
In landfill, studies have shown that compostable packaging is inert and does not give off methane.
DO NOT LITTER – compostable packaging is not expected to break down when discarded in the environment, and is not a solution to marine pollution.
Composting is a form of recycling which keeps resources local, unlike much plastic and paper which has no guarantee of it actually being recycled.
Compostable disposables are designed to be recycled in composting facilities together with food waste. That means there’s no need for sorting, and the compostable cup, lid, burger box, knife and napkin can all go together without removing the ketchup and leftover food. An extra bonus is that once food and disposables share one bin, other dry recycling bins are cleaner and easier to recycle.
Compostability isn’t best for all situations. Especially for items that already has a developed recycling infrastructure. But for food-contaminated disposables, compostability is a sensible solution.
Compostable packaging can easily break down in the right composting conditions. There should be a perfect balance of microbes, moisture and warmth, so that compostable packaging can be included in food waste recycling.
Definitely! There are environmental benefits of EcoNest Philippines packaging on the production-side. Our products are made from plants using renewable, lower carbon, recycled or reclaimed materials.
The earth has finite resources. Disposables are used for such a short time, so it makes sense to switch to renewable materials, reserving conventional plastics for applications where they can’t be easily replaced. Lots of people enjoy using plant-based materials, knowing they are a simple way to reduce carbon and help their business go green.
In reality, plastics cannot be recylced easily. Food-grade packaging made from conventional oil-based plastics – if stained with food and drink residue – are considered to be a recycling challenge.
Tons of plastic and paper is being used daily with no guarantee that these are actually being recycled. The Philippines does not have the infrastructure to recycle its own plastic waste, with only 9% of plastic recycled globally. Most often, plastic can only be recycled one or two times, often into something that is unable to hold food or heavy items.
Instead, composting is a local form of recycling, boosting local economy and supplying nutrient-rich compost for local agricultural, horticultural or flood management.
You may directly request for a quote through our website, www.econestph.com or you may send a direct message through our Contact Us page with your SKU and volume requirements.
Lead time is normally 2-5 days for orders of standard SKUs and varous lead times apply for customized requests.
EcoNest Philippines make use of in-house and external courier services. As much as possible, we consolidate daily shipments per area to lessen carbon footprint in delivering to several locations daily. Please contact your Account Manager directly for further inquiries.
Items may be paid through PayPal, BPI & BDO Bank Transfer or Bank Deposit.
Only factory defective items may be returned and replaced. Custom items. opened pened packs and items damaged during transit may not be returned nor replaced.
EcoNest Philippines provides credit notes for items confirmed to be returned/replaced but does not provide refunds on any item.