Some Practical Suggestions for Relief Good Packages

Instead of just simply soliciting donations, news networks and charitable organizations should consider prioritizing these reminders as well. They should not just verbally tell this to their viewers, they should also flash them repeatedly. By giving our fellow brothers and sisters in need practical help, we can ensure that they will be able to receive the nutritional aid that they desperately need in the wake of this disaster.

a. No to Instant Noodles  > These aren’t exactly ‘instant’ considering that there’s a need to have potable water ready in order for people to be able to cook these noodles. Plus, studies have shown that the color in the noodles can cause cancer.

If you have no choice…  Make sure that if you are going to provide instant noodles as relief goods, those who will receive them have access to potable water which can be boiled and crude cooking tools like small pots or pans.

Possible Alternatives: The litter that can be produced by several thousands of packs of instant noodles wrapped in plastic packaging won’t do any good for the environment. Consider sending in food that is packaged in useful containers that can serve a purpose once the content within them has been consumed: cup noodles, maybe, instead of instant noodles? Families can make use of those cup noodle cups as makeshift water cups or containers. Yes, cup noodles have the same health repercussions as instant noodles, but at least the consumption of these noodles will not cause possible environmental issues in the future. Once a healthier alternative has been established, perhaps these noodles can be phased out as relief staples for good.

b. Something for the Children > Instead of just sending in basic necessities in the initial relief pack, one should also consider including something like a toy or a simple game for the child victims of typhoon disasters. This will hopefully help the children cope with the disaster and serve as a form of therapy. Remember, it does not need to be something particularly elaborate.

c. Ecobagolution > There’s something particularly hypocritical with our actions– just recently, we passed a bill that prohibited the use of plastic bags in supermarkets and department stores, and yet, here we are, using plastic bags as our lalagyan for relief goods.

Possible Alternatives- Plastic bags are temporary containers: plus, they’re very fragile. My suggestion: instead of using plastic bags for packing goods, how about cheap yet durable plastic containers which can be used for something else once their initial purpose has been served? These containers are environmentally friendly alternatives which will not have long term repercussions on the environment. The same cannot be said for plastic bags.

I would suggest contacting the supplier of SM’s Ecobags as a possible donor for relief good bags. We are setting in motion another vicious cycle of abusive environmental practices by continuing to use plastic.

d. Open Up > When sending in canned goods, as much as possible send in cans which have easy-open lids. If you’re hell-bent on sending in cans which do not have the said feature, perhaps consider sending in cheap can openers so as to make life easier for our brothers and sisters who have been affected by the typhoon.

The canned ulam plus rice products are perfect things to send over as relief goods to those affected! Kudos to the genius who came up with such a product. Forgive me, the name of the brand escapes me.


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