If you have a social media account, there are three kinds of posts you’re bound to see everyday. First, there’s the selfie. A close second would probably be a photo of someone’s pet or baby.
The third is likely to be a post on how single-use plastic is clogging our oceans and killing off marine life.
I don’t really need to go into that now, do I? Scroll down your feed and I’m sure you’ll see a photo of a dead whale with 22 kg of plastic in its stomach. Either that, or a plastic bag suffocating a sea turtle.
Anyhow, the point is that we all clearly need to do something about our plastic usage. The Philippines, after all, is allegedly one of the major countries responsible for “half of the world’s plastic waste.” Apparently, this is because we have a lot of single-use plastic. Water bottles, shampoo bottles, and plastic utensils comprise a great deal of our everyday garbage. Single-use sachets, too, contribute to this.
But you see, majority of our people couldn’t afford to buy basic necessities in bulk either. So, how do we solve this?
Unilever Philippines’ recently-launched initiative may hold the key.
All Things Hair Refillery
Refillable products are a trend that goes hand in hand with living a zero-waste lifestyle. It’s a pretty simple concept. You buy a bottle of shampoo. It runs out. You go and get it refilled. Voilá! You get to save a few pennies, and that’s one less piece of plastic thrown out.
It’s a movement that’s gaining traction in developed countries, but it has yet to take root here. Unilever Philippines, one of the country’s biggest mass producers of toiletries, sought to change that last weekend.
Last Saturday, 23 March, they launched “All Things Hair Refillery,” a shampoo and conditioner refilling station pop-up. These will run in three locations until 14 April 2019:
- Trinoma – Level 2 Mezzanine, near the Nike and Melissa Pop-up Stores
- Glorietta 3 – Ground Floor, Lower Level, near Lacoste
- Alabang Town Center – Ground Floor, near Etude House and Metro Department Store
How It Works
Each station offers refills for four of Unilever’s biggest shampoo and conditioner brands. So far, that includes Dove, TRESemmé, Sunsilk, and Cream Silk. Variants on hand with their prices per gram are:
- Dove Straight & Silky Shampoo (Php0.53)
- TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo (Php0.58)
- Sunsilk Smooth and Manageable Shampoo (Php0.46)
- Dove Straight & Silky Conditioner (Php0.57)
- TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Conditioner (Php0.61)
- Cream Silk Standout Straight Conditioner (Php0.52)
To avail of the refills, customers must thoroughly clean and dry the bottles they intend to use. The bottles should also match the variants on offer and should be completely empty.
Haven’t got a suitable bottle? No problem. You can buy one onsite for just Php10 and use that the next time you need a refill.
And the best part is, each station also accepts other plastic bottles and sachets for upcycling. Just make sure they’re all clean and dry when you turn them in.
The state of our environment looks bleak, to be sure. On the other hand, recent movements like the Trash Tag challenge and the Coral Artefact prove that people are taking notice. More importantly, they are starting to do something about it.
Right. See you all at the Refillery this weekend then.