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Tuna fishers stand with their new Fortuna collapsible coolers. Photograph courtesy of WWF-Philippines

As the pandemic continues to affect lives and effect change, people continue to make efforts to adapt and rise above the challenges. Here are two of the most recent ways:

Coolers for fishermen

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines began distributing collapsible coolers designed by Fortuna Cools to fishermen in Lagonoy Gulf, Bicol earlier this month as part of efforts to support sustainable livelihood in the region.

Twenty-two collapsible Fortuna coolers were given to municipal tuna fishermen under WWF-Philippines’ Sustainable Tuna Partnerships program. The conservation organization supports small-scale fishing activities in the country, promoting sustainable practices and lobbying for the rights of artisanal fishermen.

Much value is lost between when small-scale fishermen land a catch, to when they are able to bring it to the market. A lack of useful cooling equipment keeps fishermen from putting their catches on ice.

This lack of cooling and exposure to the elements on the way to the marketplace causes catches to lose value, lessening the earnings of fishermen. The collapsible coolers will help expand their earnings by providing a means for fishers to keep their catches chilled.

Fortuna, a cold-chain solutions company that provides sustainable packaging technology for fishing communities across the country, delivered a total of 200 coolers to Bicol in early June.

“At Fortuna we’ve spent the past two years living among communities of fishermen and farmers to learn about their cold-chain needs and co-design affordable solutions. We are very thankful to have partners like WWF to help us expand our reach and get our coolers in the hands of those who need them the most,” says Fortuna co-founder Tamara Mekler. Fifty of the 200 coolers came as direct donations from Fortuna.

“Fortuna’s collapsible tuna coolers were designed to meet the needs of our small scale tuna handline fishers, who were in need of some sort of ice storage on board their boats to keep their catches cold. These sturdy, budget-friendly coolers will help our fishers grab a better price for their products once they get to the market,” said WWF-Philippines Sustainable Tuna Partnerships Project Manager Joann Binondo. “This is timely given the crisis. Markets are very limited due to restrictions on movement. Our fishers need every peso they can get, and these coolers will help ensure they get what they need to get through the crisis.”

Money for the purchase was given through a grant from the Congressional Spouses Foundation, Inc. through the intercession of WWF-Philippines.

WWF-Philippines will be distributing the remaining coolers over the coming months to fishing communities around Lagonoy Gulf, with plans to source additional Fortuna coolers for communities across the Philippines.

Keeping it eco-friendly and safe. The BYOB Store at the Mind Museum in BGC reopens with stricter health and safety protocols to ensure the well-being of both its staff and customers.

Bottle stop

Filipinos looking for their favorite NutriAsia pantry essentials while also staying eco-friendly are in for a treat, as NutriAsia officially reopened its Bring Your Own Bote (BYOB) store at the Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City on 24 August 2020.

In line with the needs of the new normal, NutriAsia modified and improved their popular refill service to ensure customers are safe and healthy.

To refill at the BYOB store, customers order their desired NutriAsia products by filling out an online order and waiver form. Once completed, they will receive a confirmation via e-mail which they need to show at the store. Upon receiving a confirmation e-mail, their clean and dry bottles will be sterilized, refilled and weighed. After weighing, they can pay for their purchase online via GCash or BPI.

On top of the refilling service, customers without available reusable bottles can also buy a new 500-ml glass bottle for P20, which is sterilized beforehand ready to be refilled with their favorite NutriAsia products.

Photographs courtesy of NUTRIASIA

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