2019 marked a new wave for Nature’s Spring Foundation, Inc. when it started The Bote Challenge
—the foundation’s flagship environmental project, an initiative which sought the need to contribute to the global movement of closing the loop on plastic pollution, creating a circular economy for plastic and fostering a culture of upcycling/recycling within communities.
The Bote Challenge is a solution search project which recognizes, promotes and adopts new or existing innovative solutions for plastic waste management. On its pilot year of implementation, the challenge primarily focused on sustainable practices for PET bottles and opened the competition to secondary schools in the province of Cebu. Entries were dubbed as school-unities, wherein each school must partner with community-based groups and join force in creating and implementing the innovative idea.
SEARCH | Year 1
The Bote Challenge opens and awards sustainable and innovative solutions on upcoming PET bottles into a variable social enterprise idea.
ADOPT | Year 2
NSFI team works closely with the school-unities in growing their innovation start-ups through social preperation and business incubation activities, and ultimately getting their products to market.
SUSTAIN | Year 3
NSFI continues its support through network linkages and addressing specific needs of the school-unities to sustain the growth of its start-up.