Science & Technology Helps Agro-Forest Farm Diversify Into Eco-Friendly Hand Soaps

Adoress Farm owner Teresita Sanchez (Right) actively participates in the monitoring and assessment activities by sharing updates about their Tawa-Tawa Soap product. DOST & Adoress Farm photos.

Science and technology are playing crucial roles in fostering the growth of a Laguna-based agro-forest farm beyond food service. The technical expertise of the Department of Science and Technology’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) is nurturing the farm’s venture into the production of eco-friendly hand soaps, under its Technology Business Incubation (TBI) Program and the Piloting of Select FPRDI Technologies Project.

Adoress Farm in the heart of Laguna province has become a beacon of innovation through its collaboration with Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) and DOST-FPRDI. The farm receives DOST-FPRDI’s guidance in harnessing natural materials to craft hand soaps that promise environmental and health advantages. Adoress Farm currently produces the Tawa-Tawa Soap for insect bites, skin itchiness, and bruises.

Dr. Jennifer P. Tamayo of DOST-FPRDI highlighted the encouraging outcomes of the antimicrobial and dermal irritation tests conducted on the soap. These tests are crucial, with the antimicrobial assessment ensuring the soap’s effectiveness against harmful microorganisms and the dermal test confirming its safety for skin use.

The TBI facility at DOST-FPRDI offers comprehensive support to startups in the forest product sector, offering access to cutting-edge processing technologies, business development insights, training, and testing services. Concurrently, the Technology Piloting initiative is dedicated to validating the technical viability and market readiness of selected DOST-FPRDI technologies in real-world settings, ensuring they meet the practical demands of their intended users.

This initiative underscores DOST-FPRDI’s commitment to driving innovation and entrepreneurship in the forest-based industry, equipping businesses like Adoress Farm with the tools and knowledge to thrive in today’s competitive market.

During the pandemic, bamboo and other local forest resources were used in the new antimicrobial soaps and hand mists developed by DOST-FPRDI scientists to help Filipinos fight the coronavirus disease. The institute also opened a Technovation Hub to help develop bamboo and forest-based products by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Los Baños, Laguna.

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