Green reigns supreme: Eco-friendly companies honored at the 1st PINES Awards

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  • (1888PressRelease) October 28, 2010 - It was a jam-packed hall as the evening turned green at the 1st PINES Awards and Reception last August 27, 2010. The highly anticipated awards night was staged in Function Room 1 of the SMX Convention Center during the second day of the 1st Philippine Eco-Show.

    A total of 13 finalists competed for the first-ever prestigious PINES Awards. The most notable products and services that embody environmental conservation and preservation rallied under two categories: Eco-Industrial and Eco-Lifestyle Awards. The evening paid homage to the exemplary products, services and programs that challenge and inspire in promoting a green economy.

    The Best Eco-Industrial Product Award went to Plantex All-In-One Solutions. Made and distributed by PLANTEX Solution Manufacturing Corporation and TREVI'S Internationale Corporation, the winning product is a 100% biodegradable multipurpose cleaner that functions as a powerful disinfectant and potent odor eliminator. Plantex, composed of an all-natural plant extract concentrate, can serve as a grease cutter/digester, waste water treatment solution, compost activator, and soil enhancer.

    Not to be outdone, Victoria Herbal Laundry Granules manufactured by Daila Herbal Community Enterprise Incorporated won the Best Eco-Lifestyle Product Award. Made from coconut oil and herbal essences, its cleaning properties are easily absorbed and washed off, minimizing water use. Being 100% biodegradable, it has no-detergent chemicals or any other harsh ingredients, making it safe and ideal for hand washing.

    Services have likewise taken a step towards the green path. Taking home the Best Eco-Industrial Service Award is First Carbon Solutions, which offers combined professional services, environmental software and carbon asset management for various enterprises so they can run faster, better and more cost-effective.

    In the recent years, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has taken centerstage among businesses worldwide. Locally, Distant Village Philippines hits the mark by winning the Best Eco-CSR Program for empowering communities resulting in a special line of handmade, environment-friendly, and non-perishable packaging made from tree-free paper boxes and bags.

    "The Philippines has the highest quality, reliability and innovation compared to other markets. They've been a partner with us in our success and we've both been beneficiaries of all this", stated Richard Cohen, founder of Distant Village.

    Musical performances by De La Salle University's InnerSoul and Polytechnic University of the Philippines' Banda Kawayan echoed through the evening, delighting the esteemed guests and all those who were present.

    CITEM Deputy Executive Director and Project Director of PINES Thelma Dumpit-Murillo congratulated the winners for their pioneering spirit and enjoined everyone to all be green warriors for Mother Nature.

    Winners of the Eco-Photography Tilt were also announced during the event. The PINES Eco-Photography Tilt, which ran from July 1 to August 15, received numerous entries that whittled down to top 20 finalists. All the finalists received a certificate of recognition and the privilege of having their entries showcased in a gallery at the SMX Lobby for the duration of the Eco-Show.

    The top three winners were given cash prizes along with a slot in the exclusive PINES Eco-Business Tour. The third prize was claimed by Mr. Arturo de Vega, followed by Mr. Joesel Barrameda for the second prize, and finally Mr. Carlo Carlos for his entry "Last Hope" which bagged the first prize. But what exceeds the financial rewards is the premier opportunity given to them to show the public their take on global warming.

    The 1st Philippine International Eco-Show (PINES) was organized by Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Philippine Green Building Council (PhilGBC), the Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE), and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP). It is also supported by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham), the Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources, Inc., and the Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines (SWAPP).

    Catch the 2nd Philippine International Eco-Show on 25-27 August, 2011. For more information, contact CITEM's Industrial Goods and Services Division at (+632) 831-1268 / 831-2201 locals 257 and 227.

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