- It was 2016 when Maurcia and Helena started a business called “Everything is Pine”
- Together with their other friends, they created different fashionable accessories using pine needles
- Now they keep on making earrings, necklaces, and bags to create livelihood and also help reduce waste in Benguet by collecting fallen leaves from pine trees
Who would have thought that these classy and fashionable accessories were made using the fallen leaves of pine trees? Yes, you read it right!
In order to help reduce waste materials in Benguet, entrepreneurs Maurcia Labitoria-Carpio and Helena Butigan thought of a way to turn the fallen leaves from pine trees into something useful and income-generating.
According to Maurcia, she was inspired by the group of women from Antig-in, Benguet.
“Noong 1995, the president of women’s association, nag-introduce siya ng livelihood dito sa Antig-in ng pagtatahi ng pine needles,” said Maurcia in her interview in ABS-CBN’s Bandila.
She added, “So yung first products nila [are] heat pads and baskets. So in-innovate na lang siya ni Everything is Pine into accessories and fashion [items].”
Maurcia and Helena started their business with a capital of P300 back in 2016. Together with their friends, they were able to make fashionable items such as earrings, necklaces, and bags using pine needles.
Now, they are getting help from housewives and senior citizens in making these creative products out of pine needles.
“Ang challenge sa business is to look for someone who really loves what they are doing,” Maurcia said. “Kasi maraming mga gustong gumawa pero iba pa rin ‘yung kinakalabasan nung mga mahal nila ang ginagawa nila.”
She also revealed that they are already planning to conduct a workshop in pine needle handicrafts to help others start their own business.