A Philippines restaurant has come up with a clever solution to create jobs while also helping to conserve the environment: woven pizza boxes.
With quarantine restrictions on travel and coronavirus lockdowns in effect almost all over the world, certain industries have been particularly hard hit.
In some countries, government subsidies have helped keep businesses alive and to pay staff salaries.
But in many cases, especially with privately owned smaller businesses, the pandemic has wreaked havoc.
As such, creative out-the-box thinking is needed in order to save jobs, and if it can do so while benefiting the environment, then it’s a win-win situation.
And this is exactly what one pizza restaurant on Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte, Philippines, has been able to achieve.
By using the skill of local Tangbo weavers, the restaurant called Aqwa Siargao – situated on a popular surfing beach – has been creating beautiful woven pizza boxes out of natural leaves.
They’ve challenged other businesses on the island to follow their lead.
“We are proud to share that we are now using an eco-friendly take away pizza container for our customers,” read a statement on their facebook page.
“Our aim is to have less waste and promote sustainability. We are also helping local Tangbo weavers to earn extra income especially at this time of pandemic.
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“As the first one to use this for take away (in Siargao), we would be happy to see this initiative happening in the whole island.”
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