If you are like me, then you’ve probably grumbled about the waste of plastic bags at convenience stores like 7-Eleven. It seems that they give you bags for everything that you buy. Do I really need a separate bag for small items like batteries while it could be put in the bigger bag that holds say a loaf of bread? After all, both of them are already wrapped in plastic. Same goes for buying a bottle of water. If I’m buying a bottle of water, the chances are that I’m going to drink it straight away. Do I really need a plastic bag? Of course, you can just tell them “no” to so many bags, but some people just blindly accept everything that is given to them.
It’s good to see big chains like Central making a stand on the waste caused by excessive bags. This weekend they have a “no bag” sale. If you bring your own bags you can get a 5% discount. It would be good if Big C & Tesco Lotus did this too sometimes. Or maybe start charging people for plastic bags. For myself, as I always cycle to my local supermarket, I usually put items straight into my saddle bags at checkout. Having said that, I must admit that I like having some bags as I recycle them. Instead of having to buy garbage bags for the smaller bins around my house, I just use these bags that I get from supermarkets and convenience stores. What do you think? What do you do about saving the environment?