Philippines’ Pinyapel Wins International Award

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The paper-manufacturing company called Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper Crafts is behind the “pinyapel” or paper made from discarded pineapple leaves.

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In partnership with Department of Industry’s (DTI) Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), the pinyapel was awarded by the UK-based Design & Art Direction Award for Environment and Sustainability. The said award-giving body “recognizes creative ideas that are driving positive change from around the world,” according to

The discarded pineapple leaves, sourced from Bukidnon, are processed into sheets through a technology created by DCP. The sheets are then converted into “takeaway boxes, paper cups, paper bowls, and various food containers” by Ideatechs Packaging.

Other products made from pinyapel. (Photo from

According to DTI-DCP, they have partnered with Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper Crafts to launch a sustainable and innovative material by transforming waste into a useful material. The pinyapel was made to address and combat the growing problem of non-biodegradable plastic.

The award ceremony will be held in New York on November 6, Wednesday.

Thanks to the people behind the “pinyapel” paper cup, we have a better eco-friendly and sustainable alternative.

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