OVER a hundred people gathered at the launch of NutriAsia Inc.’s “Bring Your Own Bottle” (BYOB) pop-up store at The Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, recently.
The BYOB store is part of NutriAsia’s campaign to reduce plastic consumption and promote environmental sustainability. NutriAsia encourages visitors to bring their own clean plastic or glass bottles to the pop-up store to get a refill of condiments, sauces and cooking oils at discounted prices.
Products offered at the refilling station include Datu Puti soy sauce, Datu Puti vinegar, UFC Banana Catsup, Golden Fiesta Palm Oil, Golden Fiesta Soya Oil, Golden Fiesta Canola Oil, and Golden Fiesta Corn Oil. These items are sold 5-15% cheaper than their suggested retail prices. The store also gives a 40% discount to buyers of Locally blended juice drinks.
Since its opening, the BYOB booth has been frequented by working moms, young professionals and residents of the area. They can get a minimum of 200 grams of their desired products and a maximum of 2 liters.
According to NutriAsia’s staff, customers bring at least two empty bottles for refill; others just drop by their store to donate plastic containers.
Jerome Manangkil, one of the visitors, expressed his appreciation and support for NutriAsia’s initiative, saying: “Iyong mga ganitong event, okay siya. Mas mura na, same quality pa ng mabibili mo sa mga supermarkets. At good siya sa environment.”
For returning customer John Allan Adriatico, the BYOB campaign is good news to practical consumers like him. “Actually, second-time ko na rito. Mas affordable at makatutulong ka pang mabawasan ‘yung mga plastic na basura,” Adriatico said.
Carinderia owner Vanjie Esperanza also finds the campaign beneficial to small business owners. “Malaking menos sa gastos at tulong sa araw-araw. Kasi may maliit na carinderia kami sa amin, kaya noong nabalitaan ko ‘to, hinanda ko na agad yung mga bote-bote rito sa bahay. Mas maganda kung magkakaroon nito malapit sa amin,” she explained.
Consumers hope that NutriAsia will set up more refilling stations in Metro Manila. The pop-up store is open until Sept. 12. (PR)