Sachets are also a major waste problem in the Philippines, but it is undeniable how these can help local communities survive on a day-to-day basis. Besides unit cost, sachets are advantageous because of their size. With a small quantity, consumers are able to easily measure and budget their product usage. One sachet could typically last between 3-5 uses depending on the user's needs, which gives them a control point that helps them predict how much they'd need to spend (or earn) for basic needs. Thus, many low-income communities feel that sachets are a choice of short-term convenience and day-to-day economy that bulk sizes cannot provide.
Implications for corporations:
1) The continuation of sampling and repeat purchases, as with sachets.
2) Longer-lasting branding tool that consumers will reuse on a day-to-day basis.
3) Lower supply chain/transportation cost and risk that comes with transporting smaller containers.
Implications for low-income consumers:
1) Sized like regular sachets, silicon sachets will still allow them to measure their usage. If this is the primary reason they choose to buy sachets, then they may be able to purchase bulk quantities and use these sachets to ration their daily product use.
2) The size still allows them to control their cost.
3) Gradual introduction of reusable (and portable) materials that have other applications as well.
4) The option for refilling these anywhere they are - whether from home, stores or wherever they travel to.
5) These have more recyclable value than sachets for waste collectors.