Supporting sustainability in the Philippines

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    Local sustainability retailer ECHOstore and the international organic farmer association Naturland have started their partnership to improve livelihoods of local smallholders and boost a sustainable lifestyle in the Philippines Consumers can buy and order at ECHOstore local Philippine products certified according to the strict organic standards of Naturland.

    Starting with products such as Virgin Coconut Oil, Turmeric powder and tea from Davao and Mascobado sugar from Negros, it is envisaged to enlarge the choice of Naturland certified products even more in near future.

    “When I met Naturland I did not need to think long about agreeing to this cooperation because I knew that these guys with almost 40 years of experience represent the highest level of organic integrity and standards”, said Chit Juan, ECHOstore founder and Organic advocate for 15 years. “Although having offered food products for some time now, we decided to replace them step by step by Naturland Certified Organic products to provide orientation for customers in this crowded market of natural and organic products,” Juan continued.

    Aside from the online store, customers will also find Naturland certified products in the physical ECHOstore in Makati as it re-opens. They can now come into the store, albeit limited to two persons at a time, and choose their favorite snacks, and essentials.

    “We partnered with ECHOstore because of their long-standing commitment to the organic movement,” said Marco Schlueter, who is responsible for international affairs within Naturland.

    Moreover, in the midst of the worldwide COVID-19 crisis, “our more than 3,000 Naturland farmers in the Philippines can thus find new market opportunities,” Schlueter added.

    “With ECHOstore they can now also sell their produce in the local market in addition to their overseas exports,” he noted.