Jacinto & Lirio’s Functional Planners Are Also Eco-Friendly

They’ve got four collections you can choose from!

(SPOT.ph) One of the most difficult parts about looking for a planner is not being able to find one that would fit your lifestyle. But with four collections of planners, Jacinto & Lirio definitely has something for you. Their leather planners are made with water hyacinth, which means that their handy designs are also sustainable. Yay for being organized and helping the environment!

 

The Alamat Dream Board Desk Planner (P1,469) is designed to help you set your plans and easily remember them. You can plot out your to-do list for the month and check it every now and then for updates. But just because it’s a desk planner doesn’t mean you can’t take it with you. It also comes in a portfolio with handles so you can just lay it down wherever you decide to work.

 

 

The Fauna Planner (P889) features different colorful animals on the cover that would definitely make your day a bit brighter. It’s got lots of pockets fit for your pens, cards, and notes. Perfect if you’re always on the go!

 

 

Take a break from your serious agenda with the Laro Traveller’s Planner (P999) that depicts your favorite childhood game on the cover like Langit Lupa and Piko.

The Likhain Planner (P995) makes sure you’ve got everything you need in one convenient portfolio. In addition to the planner, you can also fit your phone, a charger, your keys, and other essentials inside.

 

For more information, log on to Jacinto & Lirio’s Facebook page.

Being young is not a hindrance

Insights from a Global Shaper going to the World Economic Forum

Noreen Bautista

Published 11:44 AM, January 26, 2014
Updated 12:54 PM, January 26, 2014

Early last year, I got an interesting invitation to a meeting of young people in Makati City. Little did I know that meeting will jump start a whole new turning point for me.

It was the membership meeting of the Global Shapers Manila Hub – the youth community of the World Economic Forum.

It is a surreal feeling in itself to be among the Global Shapers. Not only have I heard of this community, but the Global Shapers group was a major influence with my advocacy for social enterprise. After seeing a video that showed how about 50% of the world’s population are comprised of young people under the age of 27, it affirmed for me that age is never a barrier to help make society better.

Changemakers

It is interesting to be in the same room with these changemakers. On one hand, you see their stellar accomplishments. But on the other hand, they’re also regular young people who love talking about the latest happenings and hanging out over a good round of coffee or beer.

But start asking them about their advocacies and endeavors, and they are set on fire.

Take Dr. Bryan Lim, 29, who kept enlightening us about the frustrations in the public health system. Alex Eduque, 23, of Habitat for Humanity will chime in about the on-the-ground challenges faced by relief workers post-Haiyan. Jen Horn, 28, of MUNI.com.ph will talk passionately about indigenous textiles and weaves for eco-fashion.

Being around them fuels my fire because I know I am not alone. The quest to build social enterprises that grow and scale to catalyze inclusive growth is never easy. I encounter a lot of naysayers and well-intentioned people challenging what I do, some of them are even people closest to me. But it is empowering to know there are other young people out there pursuing hard but important work.

It is young people who are best fit to take up the challenges of our times and radically address them for a better world. Because of our diversity, hyper-connectivity, technology savyness and our natural aspiration to make a difference, we can connect various stakeholders towards a shared purpose and advance social change in the fields we deeply care about. It will still be challenging. But the important thing is to know we are not alone.

zThat spirit empowers me to keep believing in what I do, and to keep desiring for a better world.

On to Davos

Months later, I got a letter of acceptance to attend the Davos Annual Meeting. I will be joining 49 other crazy young people doing gamechanging work – like Umar Anway Jahangir from Pakistan, who at 21 is the youngest delegate to the WEF and founded Bahria Medics – a student led social welfare organization; Chau Nguyen Huyen of Hanoi who is an analyst managing 5 state companies in Vietnam on top having founded a youth dance community; and Jennifer Raffoul from Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago who resigned from her well-paying job as an economist to startup an online shopping site promoting products “Made in the Carribean”. We will be attending sessions side by side with the likes of Bill Gates, Marissa Mayer, Muhammad Yunus, and various heads of state.

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Watch: Noreen’s video pitch that got her invited to the 2014 WEF in Davos.

To be honest, I’m still baffled why this is happening. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be going to this event. But I guess the fact that I am affirms in me that that time for youth to shine is now! Young people have no excuse to settle for less than what they are capable of.

I don’t know what to expect in the next few days. And I guess it’s just right. I want my mind to be an empty cup waiting to be filled, or like a dry sponge waiting to be soaked, so I can share the conversations here with those back home, especially to the youth.

Youth is never a hindrance. It is an advantage.

Take courage to pursue that which you always wanted to and help improve the state of the world.

Trust me, you will not be alone. – Rappler.com

Noreen Marian Bautista is a 24-year-old social entrepreneur. She co-founded enterprises like Jacinto & Lirio, and TheSparkProject.com and is now the General Manager of consulting and business services (CBS) for the Institute for Social Enterprise & Development. She is a member of the Global Shapers Community – Manila Hub.

Read more about Noreen Bautista’s work on Rappler.

The Water Hyacinth

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What is Water hyacinth?

Often confused with the water lily, the water Hyacinth is a free-floating perennial aquatic plant that is characterized by its broad and thick leaves. It may rise up to 1 meter in height which causes blockage in waterways.

facts about the water hyacinth

  • It is considered one of the worst aquatic plant species.
  • It can reproduce at an extraordinary rate.
  • Its leaves can grow and expand up to 6 feet thick.
  • Surprisingly, the water Hyacinth thrives in polluted bodies of water. Studies have been done to test its properties for phytoremediation, a low-cost cleanup technique that directly uses living plants to lessen environmental contamination. However, no initiatives have been done to explore and utilize this potential.

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1. Environmental impact

Deemed as one of the most damaging aquatic plants in the world, the water hyacinth has severely infested Philippine waters and its nearby communities with its rapid rate of proliferation. It can flower throughout the year and releases more than 3 000 seeds per year. With this extraordinary rate of production, the Water Hyacinth species outnumber other aquatic species in the vicinity, threatening the stability of fresh water and its biological diversity. Furthermore, its leaves and pads can reduce light and oxygen, which causes phytoplanktons to significantly decrease in number, affecting the photosynthetic cycle and endangering fish species.

2. Impact on Safety and Health

Death and decay of large masses of the Water Hyacinth can cause rapid deterioration of water quality, potentially losing sources of clean, potable water. In addition, the floating mats of the water hyacinth serve as breeding ground for pests and other organisms detrimental to the health and safety of neighboring communities. There is an alarming increase of cases of malaria and cholera which can be attributed to swarms of mosquitos, snails, and other disease-carrying parasites that are commonly found inhabiting the Water Hyacinth pads. There are also increased incidences of crocodile attacks and snake bites that are said to have been caused by the extra cover and protection provided by the large pads of the water Hyacinth [4].

3. Economic Impact

This invasive species has not only threatened aquatic biodiversity but also hindered economic and social development among affected communities. In Laguna de Bay, it covers about 20% of the lake’s surface area; and because of the water’s high sewage concentrations, the plant yields about 657 tons of dry matter per hectare a year. In the 1990s, the world reportedly spent $3 Billion a year just to control the weed with little success.

It also causes problems in marine transportation, fishing, and irrigation. By clogging up waterways, it causes floods and increased water pollution. Its pervasive presence has caused barriers to waterways and hindered the development of the fishing industry, especially in the major water areas of the Philippines (Pasig River, Laguna de Bay, etc.). It also clogs irrigation systems, causing heavy flooding in major cities during the typhoon season.

uses.jpgBecause the Water Hyacinth is known for being one of the most invasive plant species, many people disregard its benefits and livelihood opportunities.

  1. New food source for animals

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Many research scientists have investigated its potential as an inexpensive and sustainable food substitute for livestock. Massive volumes of dried water Hyacinth may be ground and treated using specific chemicals and machines to turn them into a viable food source for animals [3]. However, more research must be put into its economic feasibility as the treatment process may be complicated and costly. Despite this, with its enormous potential, this could significantly help water-infested communities financially and economically.

2. Water purifier

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As mentioned earlier, the Water Hyacinth has already been tested for its phytoremediation properties, used to purify contaminated water. In a drinking water treatment plant water hyacinth have been used as part of the pretreatment purification step. After this purification process, the water will result in a significant decrease in turbidity. Water hyacinth has also been used for the removal or reduction of nutrients, heavy metals, organic compounds and pathogens from water [5].

3. Fertilizer

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Water hyacinth can also be used as compost and fertilizer. In countries where mineral fertilizers are expensive, this can serve as a sustainable and cheap alternative for high-quality fertilizers. The water hyacinth pads are dried and mixed with ash, soil, and animal manure. The mixture can be left in piles to compost, the warmer climate of tropical countries accelerating the process. The compost increases soil fertility and crop yield and generally improves the quality of the soil [5].

4. Furniture, Handicrafts, and Paper

The Water Hyacinth is only a pest when we don’t utilize it to its full potential. Many companies and social entrepreneurs have explored the idea of using Water Hyacinth as paper, ropes, or the base of woven bags and other handicrafts.

Other uses of the Water Hyacint: Charcoal Briquettes, baskets, yarn & ropes, paper

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Our company, Jacinto and Lirio, is one of the few that uses creativity to market this “pest” as a viable environmental, social and commercial solution to this infestation problem.

Through the creation of well-designed, functional and Philippine-inspired plant leathergoods, Jacinto&Lirio aims to improve the lives of people from both ends of the spectrum—the water hyacinth communities who are empowered through meaningful work, and the people purchasing who are enriched by the eco-friendly products. We aim to work within a collaborative business model for the purpose stated in the mission– social impact in livelihood, environmental protection, and product innovation.

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Jacinto and Lirio’s core mission is to help our partner communities in our supply chain to be sustainable & scalable enterprises. There is a need to strengthen the sustainability of community livelihoods using indigenous materials, which is a major source of income in various areas in Asia.

We capitalize on material innovations to create higher-value products using their indigenous materials. This supply chain synergy will be the platform to channel wealth back to the communities which will benefit community development and give a higher quality of life.

For every purchase of Jacinto & Lirio, we contribute to the community development of our partners so they can keep transforming their families, and their communities for the better.

 

References
Anon, (2019). [online] Available at: https://www.phlpost.gov.ph/stamp-releases.php?id=3662 [Accessed 30 Mar. 2019].
Ecop.pbworks.com. (2019). Environmental Challenges of the RP / Water Hyacinth – A Crisis or an Opportunity 0708. [online] Available at: http://ecop.pbworks.com/w/page/18520921/Water%20Hyacinth%20-%20A%20Crisis%20or%20an%20Opportunity%200708 [Accessed 30 Mar. 2019].
Ecop.pbworks.com. (2019). Environmental Challenges of the RP / Water Hyacinth Pollution Control Properties 0708. [online] Available at: http://ecop.pbworks.com/w/page/18520928/Water%20Hyacinth%20Pollution%20Control%20Properties%200708 [Accessed 30 Mar. 2019].
UNEP Sioux Falls. (2019). Water hyacinth-can its aggressive invasion be controlled?. [online] Available at: https://na.unep.net/geas/getuneppagewitharticleidscript.php?article_id=98 [Accessed 15 Apr. 2019].
Library.uniteddiversity.coop. (2019). [online] Available at: http://library.uniteddiversity.coop/Water_and_Sanitation/water_hyacinth_control.pdf [Accessed 16 Apr. 2019].

Values and women-led social entrepreneurship | International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship | Ahead of Print

Thank you, Bruce for mentioning Jacinto&Lirio in your study and giving light to our advocacies! Our company has always been deeply rooted in our values and our mission to help our partner communities in Water Hyacinth-infested areas. It is the heart of what we do.

“J&L produces and markets “plant leather” wallets, journals and planners made from the water hyacinth (an invasive aquatic plant that clogs lakes and rivers in the Philippines). The company remediates the environmental impact of the water hyacinth, empowers affected communities through sustainable livelihoods and social development programmes and promotes responsible consumption and national pride. We categorise J&L as faith-inspired because both founders identify religious faith as a primary inspiration, but religious practices do not feature in the company’s programme and activities.”

 

You can read the full article at Values and women-led social entrepreneurship | International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship | Ahead of Print

5 Time Management Tips for the Busy Student

“If only I had more time to study, I probably would have aced this exam,” I’ve probably said this a million times in my head every time I blankly stare at a questionnaire during exams. Instead of actually thinking about how to answer, I’ll think about all the time I spent binge-watching on Netflix or scrolling through Instagram. I’ll blame myself for a minute then I’ll pretend like it was “time” itself that was at fault.

The truth is, on most occasions, “not having enough time” is just an excuse I make to take the blame off myself. I know that I am not alone in this; many people struggle with this as well. We all have the time, it really is just a matter of using it well. People always tell me this that it’s almost repetitive at this point, but it is true and I’ve learned it the hard way. During my freshman year, I’ve crammed essays up to the last minute. I’ve taken a physics exam clueless. I’ve gone to sleep at 10 PM (which by the way, is way too early for my usual bedtime) unaware of the looming deadlines the next day. I was a mess and so were my grades.

Since my experiences, I really put a lot of conscious effort to managing my time well to effectively juggle my time for research, academics, student org responsibilities, and my internship. Here are some tips I personally do:

  1. Make a calendar of all your activities

Of course, this is an obvious tip but it is also one that most people struggle with. I find that writing down all deadlines and reminders on a calendar really helps a lot with planning and allocating days for studying and doing research. I also use my smart phone to take note of meetings and due dates so I can set alarms for everything. I need that extra push to have some sense of urgency.

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Recommend: Alamat Dream Board Planner 

As a visual learner, I find this desk planner extremely helpful as it comes with a vision board that I can regularly customize to plot down my daily plans and activities.

           2. Set a “to-do list” for the day and get as much done.

Nothing feels better than crossing something off your to-do list. My personal tip is to really plan your week ahead, each day of the week. Try to do as many of your weekly tasks at the start of the week so that in case you can’t finish them all, you’ll still have time to finish them during the rest of the week. Wouldn’t it feel great to celebrate Fridays without stressing over deadlines? You can finally binge- watch on Netflix without feeling guilty. You deserve it!

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Recommend: Pinto Personalizable Journal

I really like this one because you can put all your reminders on the cover of the journal. 

         3. Think of a reward you can give yourself for accomplishing tasks.

I read an interesting blog post about the psychology of time management. Present-oriented people find it more difficult to do certain tasks because that would mean delaying activities that they enjoy. Whereas future-oriented people understand that delaying gratification can mean better rewards in the future. Future-oriented people are better at planning and managing their time because they always look forward to something they can enjoy without guilt.

Even if you’re not a future-oriented person, you can still pretend like you are one. Just think of a reward you’d give yourself if you accomplish a task days before the deadline (I personally like to treat myself to a milk tea drink). This way, you are finally done with the dreaded essay and you can enjoy your free time drawing or painting without feeling pressured with pending deadlines.

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Product in the picture: Fiesta Traveler’s Notebook 

After accomplishing your tasks, you can draw and paint on the Fiesta Traveler’s Notebook which can carry your planner, pens, and art tools.

            4. Some things are worth more than others.

It always comes to a point when you have 2 exams, 4 deadlines, and 2 meetings scheduled on the same day. No matter how much planning and scheduling you do, there are external factors you just can’t control. When this happens, it’s really important to recognize the value of prioritizing and rescheduling. To efficiently do this, you have to weigh in every single factor. Can this meeting be pushed the next day? Is this exam extremely critical to your passing the subject? If not, then maybe it’s best to focus on other things in the meantime.

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Product in the picture: Pitaka Multicard Pocket Wallet

              5. Don’t forget to rest!

What good does finishing a research paper do when you can’t even get out of bed to submit it on time? Always remember that your physical and mental health will always be more important than your grades or your professor’s appreciation. I know that there’s a lot at stake, but spreading yourself too thin may actually do the opposite of your intended goal. Remember to take deep breaths and quick naps when you find yourself at the brink of extreme exhaustion. You can even take a day off and go on vacation for your peace of mind. It gives you the extra boost to finish everything at once.

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Product in the picture: Artisan II Dual Journal/ Passport Sleeve Journal

 

Why being part of our Jacinto & Lirio team is different! We’re hiring!

Jacinto & Lirio is hiring for a social business manager!

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Our enterprise, EcoIngenuity Inc is now on its 3rd year!

So many things have happened already, and our young team has learned so much in building a business that strives to embody the values of social entrepreneurship. We have been involving volunteers and interns in our work, and they have helped us build our enterprise to where it is now, and for that we are grateful!

In the end, there is still so much more work to be done. But here are 5 reasons why joining our team at this point in time is more exciting and different from before:

1. We’re gearing for bigger growth!

Admittedly, we are still not as big as people think we are. But our goals are still definitely bigger than ever! We have nationwide partnerships with stores outside Metro Manila, (Cebu, Davao, South Luzon, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Bacolod, and soon Boracay). We exported our first shipment to the Middle East early this year and are actively looking forward to partnerships with distributors in US, Australia, UK and Japan.

You will be surprised what a lean team of young entrepreneurs can do to make that happen.

If we can get more passionate and stellar team mates on board to push more excellence in our marketing work, we can even reach more shores, and achieve more sales to channel back to the our community partners.

2. Unique entrepreneurial experience

Just hear from our previous interns on how their experience was with us:  https://jacintoandlirio.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/social-entrepreneurship-advocate/

https://jacintoandlirio.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/a-meaningful-summer-at-jacinto-lirio/

Although we don’t promise a walk in the park (it rarely is!), but we strive to open the eyes of those we work with to the awesome journey of entrepreneurship, as we ourselves learn how to build a business that strives to achieve positive social impact.

3. More mentors involved

We have amazing partnerships brewing with mentors from CBS (Consulting Business Services for Social Enterprises of the Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation), our alma mater Ateneo de Manila University, and partner organizations who have been with us right from the beginning (Philippine Business for Social Progress, Ayala Foundation, etc.)

4. Collaborative Projects

Take part in our upcoming collaborative projects with fellow social enterprises:

Human Heart Nature,

The Dream Project,

MUNI

and (something very exciting for us!)

KIVA.org

5. #LiveYOURStory Campaign

One of the key pillars of our efforts this year is our #LiveYourStory Campaign. It is an advocacy that aims to empower our customers to live the story that they always wanted to live. To create their own story, connect with the stories of others, and empower more people through their stories shared. It roots back to our own experience in Jacinto & Lirio — how we stumbled on this amazing story of the water hyacinth plant (a nusiance that was turned into a material of elegance), that was transformed by community artisans into beautiful products that in turn empower both those who buy it, and those who created it.

We know a lot of people need to live their own stories as well. Being part of our team, will allow you to be part of this movement in getting people to #LiveYourStory! Of course, we are set on embodying this as well, so you will get to LIVE YOUR OWN STORY as you grow with our team.

And if these are not enough, check out this article on what to expect when working with a startup! http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidtao/2013/05/23/innovation-is-required-9-lessons-learned-working-at-a-startup/

Do these interest you enough? If you feel a burning desire to join our team, then send us your CV at contact@jacintoadlirio.com!

We look forward to exploring possibilities with you!