LIST: Alcohol refilling stations bolster zero waste initiative and easier disinfection access

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Ethyl alcohol refilling stations
Customers can refill their empty ethyl alcohol bottles instead of throwing them away. Photo from Cleene Facebook.

These refilling stations for ethyl alcohol, available at select local drug stores, boost easier access to disinfection for Filipinos while providing eco-friendly options to consumers.

The alcohol refilling stations were set up in the light of the coronavirus pandemic where everyone is advised to follow strict protocols for hygiene and waste management such as hand sanitation.

Personal care brand Cleene partnered with Mercury Drug to provide ethyl alcohol to its customers via alcohol refilling stations in select drug stores scattered across Metro Manila. The refillable alcohol stations promote a zero-waste initiative to help save the environment.

All you have to do is bring clean bottles at participating stores. Customers can refill their empty 250 ml, 500 ml, and 1,000 ml (1L) alcohol bottles of any brand. The stations are equipped with a refilling assistant to help customers.

The prices per volume are as follows:

  • Php 30 for 250 ml
  • Php 58.75 for 500 ml
  • Php 115 for 1000 ml

Alcohol bottles below 250 ml will not be accepted.

The refilling stations began to service customers in select Mercury Drug outlets on July 17 and continues to refill alcohol bottles at over 48 Mercury Drug branches in Metro Manila.

The 48 alcohol refilling stations set up by Cleene accepts any brand of bottle.

Filipinos are resilient people. Developments and innovations are underway to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The Philippines has developed coconut nectar into disinfectant alcohol sanitizer gel. The anti-bacterial gel sourced from local coconuts has been tested to have a 99.9% germ kill rate.

UP Visayas developed alcohol from sugar byproduct to donate to hospitals and frontliners.

De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila student Angelo Casimiro has turned recyclable materials into a hands-free motion-sensor alcohol dispenser to fight against COVID-19 infection.

Local company Ginebra San Miguel produced disinfectant alcohol for donation to Philippine hospitals and communities under quarantine.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the teams behind the alcohol refilling stations for bolstering zero waste initiative and easier disinfection access amid the COVID 19 pandemic.

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