Sunday, January 14, 2007


One local TV network did a documentary on product packaging and the innovative way the Filipinos package their product—sachets. I mean, name it: shampoos, hair gels, deodorants, toothpaste, feminine wash, facial wash, hand sanitizers, vinegar, soy sauce, etc. it is packaged in sachets. The guy who started this packaging phenomenon is Mr. Gatlabayn the mayor of Antipolo City. He’s proud to be called the sachet man of the Philippines. Oh yeah! Oh yeah!

This innovation of packaging products in small sachets is one of the culprits in the destruction of our environment. These little sachets are everywhere: clogging drainage, polluting rivers, choking fishes, polluting soils, polluting seas…they’re omnipresent. They pop up in even the most secluded places—underwater caves, in the middle of a jungle…

I will not be surprised if the Filipinos who made it to the summit of the Mt. Everest brought along with them sachets of toothpaste or what have you.

Sachets ought to be banned.

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