One of the programs of Mother Earth Foundation advocating for Zero Waste, is to also establish Zero Waste Stores for each of its Zero Waste Cities Partners. Thus, the organization included it on the BFFP PH Project to further strengthen the Solid Waste Program for its partner LGUs and address the program on single-use plastics. Unlike other Zero Waste Stores that can be found in Mega Manila, ‘JuanaZero’ serves the marginalized and the low to medium income communities. It offers products in reusable packaging such as basic condiments, soy sauce, vinegar, fish sauce and cooking oil. It also sells pasta, rice, soap, detergent powder, dishwashing liquid. Most of these products are locally produced to support the local economy of the LGU.
Last September, JuanaZero Malabon Branch had its soft launch and its first customers were the waste workers that the organization worked with for the Solid Waste Management Program of the Cities of Malabon and Navotas. Currently, it offers more than 15 different products with reasonable cost to cater to the low to medium income community of Malabon and Navotas packed in reusable packaging. Customers can also bring their own container and enjoy discounts. JuanaZero is set to be offered to other MEF sites like Batangas City and Siquijor. All proceeds of JuanaZero goes to Waste Workers’ Scholarship Fund of MEF, supporting the education of the children of our hardworking waste workers in the different MEF ZW Sites: Malabon, Navotas, Batangas, Tacloban, Fort Bonifacio in Taguig, Nueva Vizcaya and in San Fernando, Pampanga.
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