Sa Watsons Ako! | How Every Watsons Purchase is a Vote to Save Our Planet

May you choose a wellness partner that enables you to participate in voting for a healthier state of the Earth for the next generation. That feels great, inside and out!

Vote for a more livable Earth!

Your social media timeline by now perhaps is filled with campaign content posts from the candidates for May 2022 Philippine Elections. Yes. Same as mine! Furthermore, some of your friends may even have started becoming “too passionate” with their posts declaring their support for their pick. But this is not a political blog post about the Philippines. This though is an advocacy blog post about our planet – that just like how you would vote for your chosen candidate, may you would also vote for a more habitable planet Earth. Here is how to do it in simpler and easier ways with Watsons.

Sa Watsons Ako this 2022! For Relentlessly Doing Good For The Planet

Trusted health and wellness partner Watsons Philippines continues to DO GOOD for the planet by presenting more sustainability options and programs that will help save the environment.

Sustainable Choices Campaign

Watsons has made available almost 1,200 Sustainable Choices products and
continues to add more for consumers so they have better and more environment-friendly options. Such a program, puts sustainability at the core of brand development and sourcing, from packaging to ingredient choices. These are aimed to help shoppers make Sustainable Choices by providing them with Earth-friendly options for their wellness needs.

“We rely on fossil fuels that give gas, heat and oil but they are exactly what bring about global warming and all these extreme weather occurrences. What are the DO GOOD acts we can do? One of these is to always choose sustainability in our health, wellness and beauty products. For Sustainable Choices, Sa Watsons Ako,” said Viki Encarnacion, Watsons Philippines PR and Sustainability Director.

READ MORE HERE: The Watsons Sustainable Choices campaign

Do Good For The Oceans With Plastic Bank

“The partnership with Watsons is an opportunity for the world to bear witness to great change, to witness great organizations that truly are standing on the right side of history. It takes the bold and the authentic to do something that hasn’t been done before and we know that in partnership with Watsons, the world is going to witness the change in the communities and the lives of our collectors,”

David Katz, Founder and CEO of Plasric Bank
In collaboration with Plastic Bank, Watsons has been able to recycle 833,000 plastic bottles last 2021.

READ MORE HERE: Do Good For The Oceans With Plastic Bank

Do Good For Earth Webinar Series

Watsons regularly tap online amplifiers of information on how to take part in taking care of the Earth by hosting webinar series.

For 2022, Watsons held its first DO GOOD For Earth, Sa Watsons Ako webinar with “Smart Waste Management Towards A Sustainable Future,” where Commissioner Crispian Lao, Chair of the National Solid Waste Management
Commission, and David Katz, President and CEO of Plastic Bank, talked about global warming and the benefits of recycling.


The Watsons DO GOOD webinar, which was moderated by environment advocate Anna Oposa of Save Philippine Seas, tackled important topics such as how people can contribute in environment conservation thru 3Rs (Reuse, Recycle, Refill), the relationship of solid waste management and climate change, the impact of recycling on the environment, economy and community and future activities to be conducted jointly by Plastic Bank and Watsons Philippines.

Plastic Bank’s David Katz discussed what social plastic can do to help impoverished communities gain access to necessities such as food and water.

Do Good Act: Reduce

Do Good Act Checklist: Environment conservation thru 3Rs (Reuse, Recycle, Refill)

Watsons stores have made a collective effort to be more conscious about energy
consumption and this has helped reduce energy intensity by 17 percent from 2015. 

Sa Watsons Ako this 2022! For Consistently Doing Good For The Community

Watsons Smile For Good with Operations Smile Philippines

Since working in partnership with Operation Smile eight years ago up to the present, Watsons has helped transform the lives of 2,036 children through cleft surgeries.

READ MORE HERE: Watsons Smile For Good with Operations Smile Philippines

For its employees, Watsons has conducted 22 wellness seminars and counting to help its personnel to cope with the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

Doing Good is in Watsons “Track Record”

Whoever is your bet this election day, I believe that you somehow made some research about their track record. As to for your health, wellness and beauty product retailer, may you choose a wellness partner that enables you to participate in voting for a healthier state of the Earth for the next generation. That feels great, inside and out!

For boldy doing good for the Earth, Sa Watsons Ako!

Smile For Good: Saving The Smile Of Our Kids With Cleft Conditions

It would only take few seconds and clicks as your Do Good part to make their perfect smiles stay for good.

“Recent research shows that mothers who are using charcoal when cooking (or exposed to the smoke from charcoal) have a higher risk of having a newborn with a cleft condition.” Emiliano Romano, Executive Director of Operation Smile Philippines revealed during the Watsons Smile For Good webinar.

For nine unwavering years, Watsons Philippines has been a partner of Operation Smile Philippines (OSP) in transforming the life of 1,986 children with lip and palate defects. This year, as part of its mission, to Look Good, Do Good, Feel Great, Watsons teams up with OSP again to bring perfect smiles to more than 50 more children affected by cleft conditions.

Cleft Conditions: Splitted Lip and Divided Palate

A cleft condition is a gap in the mouth that did not close during the early stages of pregnancy. A cleft condition in the lip that can be easily inspected during birth is a Cleft Lip while an opening in the roof of the mouth, which is a harder condition to identify upon birth, is a Cleft Palate. In the Philippines, 1 in 500 children born has this defect. Every year, about 4,500 Filipino babies are born with this condition.

Screen captured from the Watsons Do Good For Our Children webinar, Mr. Romano discusses cleft conditions.

“Recent research shows that mothers who are using charcoal when cooking ( exposed to the smoke from charcoal) have a higher risk of having a newborn with a cleft condition.” Emiliano Romano, Executive Director of Operation Smile Philippines revealed during the Watsons Smile For Good webinar.

Operation Smile Philippines has helped change the lives of many children born with this condition since 1982.

Almost A Decade Of Partnership: A. S. Watsons and Operation Smile Philippines

“The partnership was paused in 2020 because of the pandemic but this year, we are back with Smile For Good. Of course, we will be very mindful of the physical distancing restrictions, but our desire to continue to bring smiles to the children has not wavered,” said Viki Encarnacion, PR & Sustainability Director of Watsons.

This partnership in the Philippines is part of ASW’s global commitment to bring 10,000 perfect smiles in partnership with Operation Smile. It aims to educate the public and raise awareness about cleft lip/ palate conditions.

Online Outreach For This Year’s Run

Aided by technology, Watsons Philippines pharmacists and employee volunteers will conduct hygiene orientation seminars online for the patients’ families on the subject of post-operation feeding and oral and lip care. Watsons will also provide Hygiene Care Kits with oral and hand care products to the 50 kids post-operation.

Aside from partnering with Operation Smile, A.S. Watsons Philippines is engaging with its employees, strategic partners, and customers contributing time and financial support in order to sponsor as many free surgical missions to continue changing lives, one smile at a time.

Join The Smile For Good Squad

It may take the medical team 45 minutes to an hour to provide a bright, beautiful new smile and a healthier, happier future to a child born with a cleft condition. But it would only take a few seconds and clicks as your Do Good part to make their perfect smiles stay for good (and that feels great). Visit Operation Smile Philippines to know how to help make a difference in these children’s lives.

PH’s Favorite Wellness Retailer And How It Takes Care For The Oceans

After stringently picking a wellness product for you, consider choosing a retailer as well that promotes solutions to environmental problems.

Our country is drowning in plastic waste. In fact, the Philippines is one of the top 3 contributors to the world’s plastic problem. But your choice of retailer for wellness and grooming products though can help solve this pollution.

Here are the plastic waste management initiatives you co-support when you purchase your health products from Watsons Philippines. These advocacies aim to contribute to ocean protection.

Watsons – Plastic Bank Impact Program Collaboration

To help reduce plastic pollution and alleviate poverty by creating livelihood, Watsons Philippines has entered a collaboration with Plastic Bank. Through such partnership, Watsons Philippines 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.

“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.

Sustainable Choices Campaign: Refill and Reduce and Better Packaging

Two of the four lifestyle choices in Watsons Sustainable Choices campaign directly address the plastic waste problem in our oceans. These are Refill and Reduce (refilling bottles and reusing containers) and Better Packaging.

Read more about Watsons’ four Sustainable Choices HERE.

Microplastic Ban

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.

It feels good every time you get to restock your beauty and grooming products from your favorite retailer. What feels great though is knowing that you were able to contribute to care for the oceans and our planet through the purchases you made. Thus, after stringently picking a wellness product for you, consider choosing a retailer as well that promotes solutions to environmental problems – Plastic pollution is, but just one.

Your Wellness Routine And Your Planet

Our Earth has its own looks and health as well. Do good.

The world now more than ever, is inhabited by people who are consciously taking care of their looks and wellness. Do you belong to this health-conscious club? It is highly likely! Has it ever crossed your mind that while caring for your well-being, you can actually contribute to sustaining a more habitable Earth? Let us talk about that correlation. It is seriously simple.

YOUR WELLNESS ROUTINE AND YOUR PLANET

The packaging of the product you are using for your skincare routine or your grooming regimen stays as a pollutant for more than 450 years before it is biodegraded. Exponentially, all of your friends, old and new, real and fake, are also using health products with similar packaging materials. It does not mean though that we should stop paying attention to our health. It means that we should simply stop patronizing those health products and consider changing our preferences into brands that foster a sustainable lifestyle. This is just one of the grave situations in which Watsons’ Sustainable Choices campaign comes into play.

The trusted health product retailer, through the Sustainable Choices campaign, puts sustainability at the core of brand development and sourcing, from packaging to ingredient choices. These are aimed to help shoppers make Sustainable Choices by providing them with Earth-friendly options for their wellness needs.

YOUR NEXT WATSONS RUN

On your next wellness essential shopping at Watsons, the following four initiatives are encouraged as part of a long-term commitment to protecting the environment anchored on four pillars – Community, People, Customers and Planet. Indeed, look good, do good, feel great.

Clean Beauty

Carrying a wide range of Clean Beauty products available at affordable prices, the store’s Clean Beauty products contain better ingredients that are sourced responsibly with an eye toward sustainability.

Reuse & Refill

Watsons Philippines believes in reusing so it will make refill packs available for
purchase so they can reuse the original containers of shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and other personal care products, enabling them to create a habit that helps reduce waste going into landfills.

Better Ingredients

Palm Oil and its derivatives are used in 70% of beauty products and with its yield being far better than any other crop, there is no way to remove it from formulations. The problem with palm oil is that it is extremely harmful for the environment.

Better Packaging

Biodegrading of plastic bottles takes 450+ years, while plastic bags take grueling 20+years, adding grave impact to the environment.

Watsons Philippines promotes products packaged in recycled containers by encouraging the use of 100% sustainable paper packaging that comes from sustainably and responsibly managed forests and plantations or using bio-based or post-consumer recycled plastics. In stores, it has been encouraging shoppers to refuse single-use plastics wherever they go and instead, bring their reusable shopping bags or use eco-friendly totes.

YOUR CALL

It is indeed imperative to take care of one’s health – to look good, to feel great. But I hope, from now on, we shall stop the self-centered type of care. Our Earth has its own looks and health as well. Do good.

*Here is an easy and fun-to-do list to Do Good.

Take care of yourself. Take care of her.

Five Wellness Essentials For a Healthier Family in The Workplace

Have a strong, healthy family at home and at work too!

“The listed items are to be used regularly in synergy with healthy food choices, active lifestyle and adequate hydration as well as quality sleep and effective stress reduction strategies.”

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Are you treated like a family at work?

It is indeed a booster to our sense of belonging every time we reminisce how our mere workmates from the very first day of work become an extended family after how many met deadlines, resolved conflicts and released paychecks with performance bonuses.

But how can you say if the people inside the office really treat you like a family?There are perhaps several ways. The most I am sure of though is when the office people do not just coach you plainly about your corporate responsibilities. It is when these same people also teach you health tips and wellness advisories, “persistently”.

In the list below are wellness essentials I recommend to my family at work. These are my must-have items when I visit my only trusted health retailer, Watsons. These are all inside my work bag per shift.

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The list includes items for strengthening immunity, maintaining integrity of the Upper Respiratory Tract (URT) specifically the throat (as this is the most used part during daily sales presentation) and managing daily stress from work. These items are to be used regularly in synergy with healthy food choices, active lifestyle and adequate hydration as well as quality sleep and effective stress reduction strategies.

1. Vitamin C/ Multivitamins (ENERVON C TAB X30 BOTTLE, PhP 195)

The work schedule makes it hard for us to consistently buy the natural food source of vitamins and minerals. This fails us to achieve the enough daily nutritional requirement to be healthy. Thus, having handy tablets at your work pouch makes it easier for a hard working person like you to maintain strong immunity.

2. Antibacterial Lozenges (STREPSILS LOZENGES ORANGE 8X36, PhP 64)

This is indeed the most specific item in the list for the corporate persons who are tasked to talk almost entirely in their work hours like the sales and marketing team. Apart from the daily work demand on your throat, the varying room temperatures among several sales venues makes your throat dry and more vulnerable to pathogens. Ascertain that you have a healthy URT daily to deliver your persuasive spiels. Guard it with an Antibacterial “candy”.

Shop at any Watsons store nationwide. Check availability at https://bit.ly/2W9oVWi.

3. Oral Antiseptic (Bactidol Oral Antiseptic 120ml, PhP 186)

Brushing your teeth is not enough to deter the growth of bacteria in your mouth that might predispose you to more serious health concerns. An antiseptic gargle both disinfects your mouth and gets rid of unpleasant smell – a plus point when networking.

4. 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (BIOGENIC ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL 50ML, PhP 28)

Cutting the transmission of disease-causing agents is as easy as spraying an alcohol every after a using your hands. Make it a habit to spray before and after a handshake with charm (not obnoxious).

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Shop at any Watsons store nationwide. Check availability at https://bit.ly/2W9oVWi.

5. Calming Oil (PROSOURCE EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT CALMING OIL 10ML, PhP 120)

The product in this list which I am the most thankful of. This is my portable and economical “aroma therapy and sleep-inducing scent”. It simply works like an instant drug for me. It relaxes, soothes and brings me to a sound sleep like magic. Roll that stress away!

6. (ElectiveFacial Mask (DEOPROCE COLOR SYNERGY EFFECT MASK YELLOW SHEET – Snail and Honey, PhP 65)

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The agent in the Snail slime highlighted my face to dictate confidence, credibility and presence in my corporate dealings.

Skin care products which contain Snail extract had helped me a lot in maintaining a pleasant complexion for two years now. The agent in the Snail slime which repairs damaged tissues and restores hydration made my skin look more well-nourished and highlighted my face to dictate confidence, credibility and presence in my corporate dealings.


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May nothing can easily topple your team’s immunity. Have a strong, healthy family at home and at work too!

When we start looking after each other’s health, not just because we value the contribution of that person to the department’s success, but more importantly because we care for the life aspirations of that person, we do not plainly see the structure as an organizational chart anymore. Now, it is a family tree. A new normal in the workplace. May nothing can easily topple your team’s immunity. Have a strong, healthy family at home

and at work too!

Shop at any Watsons store nationwide. Check availability at https://bit.ly/2W9oVWi.

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Family (at work) Portrait, 2018 | The best sales team I had so far. 

ABOUT WATSONS

Watsons is part of the Health and Beauty Store chain of A.S Watson, the largest health, beauty, cosmetics, and perfumery retailer in the world. Today, Watsons H&B Asia is the leading health and beauty chain in the continent with successful operations in 13 markets.

In 2002, A.S. Watson Group joined hands with SM Prime Holdings Inc., the Philippines’ leading shopping mall developer. The partnership brought about the first Watsons stores in SM Megamall and The Podium (Ortigas). Watsons now has over 700 stores in the Philippines, serving more than 100,000 customers nationwide.

Watsons strives to ensure that their customers get the best value for their money through monthly promotions, special offers, and continuous consumer marketing programs. Each Watsons store houses nothing but the best brands from top manufacturers all over the world and also carries its own competitively priced, high quality private labels and brands. With more than 1000 brands ranging from medicines, cosmetics, and fragrances to personal care items and general merchandise, Watsons Your Personal Store delivers only the best health, wellness, and beauty solutions to each and every customer.