Tuesday, August 16, 2022

How Sekaya nourishes Filipinos and the planet

In the past few years, Filipinos have been recalibrating their lifestyle choices as they have become better informed about how their preferences impact their personal health and the health of the planet. It’s no surprise that more and more are switching to a more plant-based lifestyle, seeking brands that support their new, compassionate way of living.  

Sekaya, the Filipino plant-based brand under Synnovate, the naturals division of UNILAB, has been one of the first to acknowledge and address this lifestyle shift, as it aims to educate and offer products that fuse tradition and science and support and give back to nature. 


Knowing more leads to more intelligent, safer choices. The growing awareness of the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle has also driven a proliferation of products that claim to support this. Not everything labeled natural is developed in tandem with the discipline of science, resulting in sub-standard products that may be ineffective or, worse, harmful to consumers. When it comes to its offerings, Sekaya is guided by its Prescribing Nature philosophy. The brand believes that Filipinos deserve nothing less than high-quality natural products that comply with pharmaceutical standards to ensure their efficacy, safety, and purity. 

As an emerging natural products leader, Sekaya has not only been providing best-in-class solutions, but it has also become a top resource in this category. The brand has been sharing its expertise by hosting virtual conferences and publishing articles and social media posts that help Filipinos sustain and enrich their plant-based lifestyle. 

Supporting health goals and daily wellness. The brand’s roster of natural, high-quality plant-based products is created to fit quickly and seamlessly into our everyday routines. Sekaya Botanic Infusion is a line of botanical blends in teabag and loose-leaf formats that help with specific health concerns like boosting immunity and getting better sleep naturally with certified organic ingredients by the United States Department of Agriculture. 

Sekaya Organic Moringa is the only 100% locally sourced 500mg moringa supplement in the Philippines certified organic by the EU. There’s also Sekaya Raw Actives, a curated line of nutrient-dense, ready-to-mix superfood powders that can support our daily nutrition requirements and fitness goals. Simply mix it in water or any favorite drink, or use it as an alternative ingredient for savory dishes. 

Local is globally competitive. The brand has also proven that our homegrown humble malunggay can be globally competitive with Sekaya Organic Moringa. Sekaya sources 100% of its moringa from local farms under the Moringaling Philippines Foundation, an organization involved in moringa's development, research, and product standardization. These local moringa farms have been certified organic by the European Union (EU), having fulfilled strict conditions and passed international standards. Working with the foundation and farmers not only allows Sekaya to assure consumers of the quality and safety of its product – being the only 500mg EU-certified organic moringa supplement in the market – but also highlights the capability of our very own moringa farmers.  

Steps to sustainability. Sekaya is also dedicated to finding ways to present its products in eco-friendly and sustainable materials. For instance, the Sekaya Botanic Infusion teabags are made of biodegradable plant-derived materials. Since they’re plant-derived and biodegradable, unlike another packaging, the teabags can be thrown into a compost pit along with other food waste, which means they won’t add to the growing plastic waste problem. These plant-based materials are also non-toxic, which is especially important as some teas and botanical infusions are placed inside bags that may leach chemicals and microplastics into the drink. 

Giving back to nature. As a significant part of the brand’s nature conservation advocacy, Sekaya has partnered with the Cordillera Conservation Trust. For the last two years, the brand has been donating endemic tree seedlings to the organization, which is made possible by everyone who has purchased the Prescribing Nature gift packs. With Sekaya committing to match the number of gift packs sold, it’s able to secure 8,336 Philippine endemic tree seedlings for the region.

Earlier this year, the Filipino plant-based brand also worked with Waves For Water Philippines, an organization that provides aid and clean water solutions to communities in need. Sekaya took part in the fundraiser Race 4 Water, which was a month-long virtual ride and run experience to raise awareness on clean water access inequality while providing Sekaya Raw Actives Pea Protein and Powerbeet to improve the performance of the race participants. All 311 participants have logged a total of 30,187km, pledging an equivalent of 30,187L of water. As of April 29, 25,200L have already been made accessible in La Union, Dinagat Islands, and Iloilo. 

Sekaya understands that harnessing nature’s life-nurturing gifts should also mean protecting and preserving them for the future. By offering plant-based products that also give back to nature, the brand hopes to nourish Filipinos and encourage them to take the necessary steps to help the planet.  

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