Saturday, October 15, 2011
Getting Away With Plastic Bags
One thing that I love most when buying at my favorite supermarket at Hoh Chi Min City are the freebies that I'm getting together with some items that I buy there. Most of the freebies that I got are cute recycable shopping bags.
This morning while I'm reading Good Housekeeping Magazine, I saw these cute and lovely shopping bags (shown on the photo above). Since I already have a few of the said recycable bags, I'm thinking if it's about time for me to stop using those plastic bags. I know that in most countries including the Philippines, they are now starting to encourage the shoppers to use "recycable shopping bags" instead of the usual plastic bags as part of their campaign for a greener and cleaner environment. I wanted to support this advocacy and start using recycable bags but sometimes, I'm also thinking on how can I completely get away from these plastics coz for one, these plastic bags are regularly used for our garbage disposal that's why I tend to collect those plastic shopping bags from the supermarkets everytime I shop. Also, we are not allowed to dispose our garbage directly to the garbage receptacles distributed and placed by the local government to every corner of the streets in our village. So, in that case I would still be needing those plastic bags.
The only way I can think of to minimize the use of these plastic bags is to create small garbage pits on our own yards where we can throw those "biodegradable". These will be covered by soil on top and later this can be converted to fertilizer for our plants. Maybe even if we just able to reduce those plastic bags by 50%, that would still help a lot to save the environment.
Plastics make our life easier that's why it's being widely used for various purposes, however the problems these plastics are causing the environment won't ever justify it's worth. We can only hope that one day, someone can discover the way to cheaply and safely melt and reuse plastics. But I guess, that is still far from now.
How about you? Are you still using plastic bags?
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