The Mompreneur: Antonette Chan, businesswoman and mom to four-year-old Enzo and three-year-old Nicolo.
Antonette Chan with sons Enzo and Nicolo
Antonette with son Enzo
Antonette with son Nicolo
The Business: Our company, Zolo Enterprises (coined from my sons’ names, enZo and nicoLo), is the Philippines’ official distributor of Envirosax, the original designer reusable bag from Australia.
How It Happened: I fell in love with the product because I was stunned by its quality and beautiful designs. I called their office in Australia and said I believed in their cause and wanted to introduce it to the Philippines. The rest is hard work.
What Makes It Different: The compact design makes it easier to keep in your purse. That way, it’s more likely to be reused, which is the whole point. Most importantly, this reusable bag has gone through tests and is certified to be safe to carry food; it can hold up to 44 pounds, complies with the heavy metal standards, and uses non-carcinogenic ink for printing.
Crowd Favorites: Envirosax comes in different series, and each series has five different designs. The following designs top my list: Mikado Bag 5 , Botanica Bag 3 , and Candy Bag 5 . We have also introduced new designs called Origami, Oasis, and Midnight Safari—I have yet to see which sells most, but they’re all lovely.
Envirosax Mikado 5
Envirosax Botanica Bag 3
Envirosax Candy Bag 5
Customer Service: I feel really proud to see people carrying Envirosax. I get calls and e-mails from satisfied customers telling me how durable the product is. Some people are cynical about our prices, but one customer told me, “It’s great value for money. Thank you for bringing it here.” That made me happy!
Mompreneur Advice: Just have a work plan and stick to it. Dedicate time for each task, whether it’s a work task or a mom task. My kids’ school time means office time for me: I read e-mails, check deliveries, talk to retailers, etc. It’s all about balance.
Why She Loves Being A Mom: Being a mom made me want to be a better person. I believe good and smart kids are nurtured and raised by good and smart parents. No matter what my sons are doing, I want to be with them every step of the way.
Envirosax is available in discerning retail outlets all over the Philippines. We can only ensure the authenticity of Envirosax products if bought from the following authorized retailers: Bratpack, Fully Booked, Gourdo’s, Hobbes and Landes, Living Well, Nailspa, Nothing But Water, R.O.X, and The Travel Club.