Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tomorrow is "Bring your own shopping bag day"

As a start towards the effort to use fewer plastic bags, tomorrow (Wed, 18 April 2007) has been designated as the first "bring your own shopping bag" day. The major participating supermarkets will charge 5 to 10 cents for each plastic bag issued to the shopper. Thereafter, one Wednesday of each month will be designated as the day to encourage shoppers to be more environmentally-friendly.















IKEA was the first the start the ball rolling, and has started charging shoppers for the plastic bags. Proceeds from the sale of plastic bags will go towards helping environmental causes.

At one stage, we had so many plastic bags at home that I used to bring my own bags whenever I go to the shops or market to do grocery shopping. Although they knew about recyling, some supermarket staff still insisted on giving me extra bags because my shopping item was wet, heavy or because of "nevermind". Now that we have 2 cats at home, I've started "collecting" plastic bags again because we do need to re-use the bags to pack newspaper-wrapped cat litter before throwing them into the trash bin.


5 comments:

KXBC said...

I need these plastic bags to "collect" their "gold". Isn't that recycling?

kuro.shiro.neko said...

me too... i scoop cat litter in ntuc plastic bags - just the right size!

auntie p said...

Restricting the use of plastic bags does pose an issue: how do HDB dwellers dispose of their rubbish then?

Perhaps the solution is to use bio-degradeable plastic bags like those from Carrefour - they start to disintegrate if kept for too long at home.

jennifer_yq said...

mum was suggesting why did the shops not used back paper bags like they did in the 1960s...

auntie p said...

I think paper bags cost more to produce than plastic bags. Plastic is a by-product from oil refining, so it's very cheap.