Human Nature’s Refilling Station: The Next Milestone Towards Sustainability
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, April 12, 2019 11:55am
Art by Ahl Mirambel
For over ten years, Human Nature has been providing safe alternatives for commercial chemical-based personal care and cosmetic products for consumers.
Human Nature uses only homegrown and organic products—void of any chemical ingredient that may harm people of the environment. The brand continuously develops sustainable approaches for their packages and bottles. After years of research, Human Nature finally took the first step in producing less plastic bottles through home care refilling stations.
The refilling stations are located at their SM North branch and flagship store along Commonwealth Avenue, both in Quezon City. The refilling station offers refills for dishwashing liquid (169.75php; 500ml refill and 339.75php; 1L refill), liquid detergent (289.75php; 950ml refill), baby bottle and utensil cleanser (189.75php; 500ml refill and 369.75php; 1L refill), and baby liquid detergent (P289.75php; 950ml refill).
Customers only need to bring their dry and clean Human Nature home care bottles, which are made up of PET (Polyethylene terephthalate), the most recycled and safest type of plastic in the world. Human Nature staff will help weigh the bottles, checking for damages and sanitation. Once the containers have been checked, they’re good for refills.
Human Nature will only refill bottles from their home care line to ensure the compatibility between the formulation and packaging. But you can put your non-Human Nature bottles to good use by dropping them off at Human Nature Metro Manila branches. The company is working with a third-party recycling facility, which would turn plastic bottles into other items like hangers and pails.
A refilling station was not an easy process. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the refill of products to ensure the safety of consumers as per Republic Act No. 9711: The Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009, especially with personal and beauty products since improper refilling process may put customers’ health at risk. Home care products are not as regulated by the FDA as personal and beauty care ones, Human Nature took the initiative to set up a safe refilling station in their SM North EDSA branch and flagship store in Commonwealth to minimize plastic waste. With this initiative, consumers can save up to 10php off the original Human Nature product price and help save the environment.
To make Human Nature refilling stations more accessible to the mainstream market, the company aims to put this initiative to the sari-sari stores. With the help of other environmental organization, they will research on how these eco-friendly products will reach, not only the mall-goers but also the consumers who buy in the nearest convenience stores.
The company also has a goal of establishing refilling stations for personal care and beauty products to minimize the production of plastic bottles. It’s a long way to go, but Human Nature, along with other environmental organizations like Save the Philippine Seas, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, WWF Philippines, is working on petitions for the initiative of producing less plastic. They encourage each one to sign and support the movement online. Your signatures are much needed.
Human Nature believes this is another step towards reducing the use and production of plastic wastes. This enterprise will continue to pursue initiatives and create products which will help the environment while ensuring their customer’s safety and welfare.