A public laundry facility that recycles water for a barangay - sweet and that's what we all need. Surf Philippines has turned-over a sustainable and environment-friendly laundry facility in Barangay Union Coastal, Mayorga, Leyte that recycles water for reuse in washing clothes. The number one laundry brand in the Philippines created the Surf Labahan Station with a filtration system that can clean and recycle up to 6000 liters of laundry water everyday. The facility's flooring is composed of pavers made of recycled Surf sachets and the area can accommodate up to 20 people.
It was Unilever's way of contributing to water sustainability and conservation especially in an area still suffering the effects of Typhoon Yolanda according to Lavin Gonzaga, Unilever's Sustainable Business and Communications Assistant Manager. "In line with Unilever's Sustainable Living Program that aims to bring a brighter future to one billion people worldwide, we want to provide a sustainable source of clean water through this facility.", he said.
In most rural areas nationwide, residents in the Mayorga community still get water from deep-well pumps for their household needs including laundry according to him. Surf Assistant Brand Manager Cha Francisco said the Surf Labahan Station's water recycling facility makes it an ideal learning tool on sustainable water management that can benefit both the community and the environment. Volunteers from Operation Compassion will teach the community about the importance of water conservation, how the water filtration works to properly use the Surf Labahan Station.
They'll also be helping the community teaching them how to plant vegetables and fruits as a form of livelihood and a way to maximize the water recycling system.