Who would have thought that organic products that were accessible just to the wealthy could be available in the Philippines at a very reasonable price? Gandang Kalikasan, Inc. made that possible through its Human Nature brand of products. A social enterprise started by Anna Meloto-Wilk, her husband Dylan Wilk and her sister Camille Meloto, they believe that natural products, which are beneficial for the environment and their users, should be available to everyone, even if that means cutting down their own profits because of the steep prices of the ingredients. They also had to find ways to make the production ethical since they absolutely do not use harmful chemicals and they do not test on animals.
Another inspiring thing with Gandang Kalikasan, Inc. is that they are guided by principles of being Pro-Philippines, Pro-Poor and Pro-Environment. Pro-Philippines in that all the raw materials used are sourced locally, thus Filipino farmers do not lose their jobs. They could now send their children to decent schools because their produce was bought by Gandang Kalikasan, Inc. at higher prices. They were also provided with extractors and other farming needs from the profits to make globally competitive organic raw materials. This is also in accordance to the company’s being Pro-Poor. They employ workers from Gawad Kalinga so they could be given a good livelihood. These workers’ wages are even above minimum and they are provided with many benefits and overtime pay. The only time they have the need to import is when there were no ingredients available locally, but if these could be grown, they will find ways to do it. They believe that Philippines is a trove of natural resources that could be harnessed to produce world-class products. Gandang Kalikasan, Inc. is Pro-Environment in that the means to manufacture a certain product is carefully deliberated so that the environment will not be harmed.
To sum it up, according to their website www.humanheartnature.com, “Human Nature is about loving the Philippines, loving the environment and loving our families as we provide only the safest and purest world-class ingredients for them. These are effective AND affordable organic and natural personal care products that feel as good on your skin as they do in your heart. We hope that you will find a sense of peace and purpose knowing that your everyday choices have a positive impact on the poor, our country and our planet.”
This is the reason why I signed up to become a Human Nature dealer. Knowing that Gandang Kalikasan, Inc. sets out to be an example of a corporation with a heart is inspiring for me. The products that I tried worked wonders, too. I especially love the Peppermint-scented Strengthening Shampoo, which reduced my hair fall at the same time eliminating my dandruff. I also use the super gentle Feminine Wash. For my children, I smooth the Citronella Bug Spray onto their skin. It’s effective and safe because it’s DEET-free. DEET is a harmful chemical found in commercial bug sprays. I want my family and friends to have the benefit of using natural products that are not only good for the environment, but good for their bodies as well.