As part of our commitments to promote sustainable and responsible Own Brand products, A.S. Watson has taken a group membership to the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (“RSPO”), a leading organisation promoting social and environmental compliance in the palm oil industry.
Sustainable palm oil has been introduced in various Own Brand products such as Kruidvat and Superdrug Brands. As a part of our strategy, we are expanding the selection of Own Brand products to be produced with RSPO-certified palm oil, offering more sustainable choices to our customers.
A.S. Watson is a signatory of the New Plastic Economy Global Commitment and pledges to reduce the overall impact of its own brand packaging by:
• Eliminating unnecessary packaging by 2030, avoiding over-packaging and phasing out PVC
• Targeting to use a minimum of 20% recycled plastic content in plastic packaging by 2025 , if supply permits it
• Promoting packaging that is more recyclable or reusable
Superdrug is proud to announce that it has removed all plastic applicators from own brand tampons, and launched its first own brand range of organic menstrual products, Luna, to continue to offer customers more environmentally friendly alternatives.
With over 200,000 tonnes of sanitary product material believed to end up in UK landfill every year, Superdrug is the first health and beauty retailer to discontinue plastic applicators within its own brand sanitary products, which will save over 418kg of plastic each year.
*Photo Credit : Ella Daish – Environmental Activist
Superdrug sends 21 professional nurses to support NHS Blood and Transplant to fight against COVID-19. They will help to deliver a major new programme to help collect convalescent plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 to support a national clinical trial.
To protect health workers at the frontline and provide the safer working environment, Watsons Taiwan collaborates with the supplier to donate 10 TranQube mobile cubical cabins, each worths over HK$100,000, to 8 hospitals across Taiwan. The cabins can provide a protective shield for the medics and ensure their safety when they conduct the COVID-19 tests.
Watsons Water recently launches its brand new “We Care” campaign, focusing on three pillars: Quality, Safety and Sustainability. The strategy not only aims to build a sustainable brand, leveraged on past years’ efforts in rPET packaging development and smart bottle recycling initiatives, but also to connect with consumers who seek sense of security and quality guarantee during the coronavirus outbreak, by providing water product with 105℃ distilled quality and stringent quality assurance.
Watsons Water also rolls out the newly innovated “Watsons Fill and Go Smart Water Dispensing Station” this year, to bring a more eco-friendly choice for the businesses and organizations who want to show care to their employees by embracing their health concern and safety needs. We will also extend the scheme to introduce safe and quality distilled water into public organizations and schools to promote waste reduction and sustainability development.
Watsons China shows their gratitude to frontline heroes by launching a “Free black card membership for medical staff” program in March.
Medical staff can receive one-year black card membership for free and enjoy all the black card privileges.
Surgical mask is a necessity for citizens in Hong Kong, which is under extremely limited supply. Watsons Hong Kong therefore builds and rolls out a new online registration system for surgical mask reservation in a week, attracted 1.5 million people to reserve, while customers can pick-up the masks later to avoid queuing overnight which may increase health risk.
The efficient arrangement has earned trust and positive response from customers.
Watsons China organises a “Smile with Mask” challenge to encourage the public to show resilience and positive energy on their masks.
Watsons Water delivers distilled water to Hospital Authority to provide its staff with safe and quality drinking water during the COVID19 outbreak.