If you’ve been spending time on the internet, then you may have seen gruesome photos of animals choking because of straws, or vast patches of the sea fully covered in plastics. There’s no denying that today’s “convenience culture” is taking a toll on the environment. To curb this problem, a Philippine-based café launched a one of a kind packaging that went viral on Facebook.
Located in Barangay Labuin, Pila, Laguna, the BrickOven Café has become an overnight online sensation thanks to its ingenious local packaging. Due to Covid lockdown, the restaurant ran out of cardboard boxes for deliveries. They quickly came up with a fast solution, by using something that is already widely available in the region – sun-dried Pandan leaves and local weavers. Hats and other craft items are usually woven by these local artisans in the area, but BrickOven had now increased their businesses thanks to their ingenuity. The pizza boxes are now called “Tampipi box”.
According to owner siblings Dennise Jocel and chef Dhon Jhon Porca, they were inspired to build their business during the lockdown.