Watsons partners with Plastic Bank to Do Good for the Ocean

I've always been hooked by Watsons' tagline: "Look Good, Feel Great!"  But behind this famous line is DO GOOD, which they&...

I've always been hooked by Watsons' tagline: "Look Good, Feel Great!"  But behind this famous line is DO GOOD, which they've been doing for quite some time now as part of its Sustainability Program. Recently. Watsons Philippines has entered a collaboration with Plastic Bank to help reduce plastic pollution and alleviate poverty by creating livelihood.

Plastic waste is a big problem for the environment and humanity in general: Every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into the ocean. If this continues unabated, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans in 30 years.

During the Watsons media event I attended, my eyes were opened more to the pressing environmental issues around the globe and having learned that Philippines is sadly one of the top 3 contributors of plastic waste in the ocean, my heart broke to pieces.

Personally, I've been doing what I can to help mother earth heal by bringing my own bag when shopping, by doing the 3 Rs (recycling, repurposing, reducing), and segregating garbage to name a few.  If many would do the same, we would live in a healthier world right?  Thanks to Watsons, their programs indeed would help the environment especially the ocean.  Here are some more ideas:

Sustainability has always been part of the Watsons DNA. Recognizing that the ocean stores a quarter of CO2 from the atmosphere and up to 93.4% of heat caused by the greenhouse effect, Watsons is committed to reducing the overall impact of its own brand plastic packaging so that it may contribute to ocean protection.

The A.S. Watsons Group has banned the use of microplastics in its own brand of rinse-off cosmetics or personal care products since 2014. By the end of 2019, this ban has been extended to all brands so no rinse-off cosmetics or personal care products from any brand are sold at any Watsons stores.

Watsons Philippines offers its customers four Sustainable Choices: Clean Beauty (mindfully created products without “unwanted” ingredients), Refill and Reduce (refilling bottles and reusing containers), Better Ingredients and Better Packaging.

Through its Impact Program Collaboration with Plastic Bank, the health, wellness, and beauty retailer will continue to Do Good for the Oceans by committing to the prevention of 50,000 kg of plastic bottles from entering the world’s oceans - the equivalent of 2.5 million bottles over the first 12 months.  

"At the heart of Look Good, Feel Great is Do Good. Watsons has always been at the forefront of sustainability and this collaboration with Plastic Bank only further reinforces our commitment to helping make this world a better place,” said Viki Encarnacion, Watsons PR and Sustainability Director.

“We are happy to team up with Watsons Philippines - a company that shares our vision on creating a regenerative economy. This collaboration showcases our unified goal of stopping ocean plastic while creating more opportunities for people living in vulnerable coastal communities,” said David Katz, Founder, and CEO of Plastic Bank.

More and more brands are helping each other to make the world a better place. Thanks to Watsons for all their sustainability projects that contribute greatly to saving our planet, by doing good for the ocean! Here's how we could also do our parts through Watsons:

For more information and for all your health, wellness, and beauty needs, check their website https://www.watsons.com.ph/ and social media accounts.

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