Finally received my package from buyinvite today.  They featured this from their site and gave members almost 50% discount.  So I had to buy, anyway, it’s for a good cause.

My Envirosax Flora Pouch.
 

Each pouch has 5 Envirosax reusable bags.

Lightweight polyester, portable, waterproof, and weighing just 1.4oz each, these groovy bags are available individually or as a series of 5 contained within a handy pouch. With reinforced seams, each surprisingly large bag can hold a weight the equivalent of two supermarket plastic bags.
 
Founded by Belinda and Mark David-Tooze in 2004, Envirosax� originates from Currumbin Valley in South East Queensland, Australia. The Envirosax team uses renewable and recyclable products where possible, and is committed to operating on ecologically sustainable principles. Read more about Envirosax here.

Why do I need 5 reusable bags? My plan is to put them in 5 different bags of mine so everytime I change bags, I would always have one wherever I go.


Australia is one country who is very concerned about the environment and it is here that I saw reusable bags being used in supermarkets. I remember my aunt from America buying tons of reusable bags whenever she visits Sydney before. My mom who vacationed here in 2004 brought home a couple of reusable bags with her and it was my first time to see such bags. I never really cared much about it at that time. I thought it was more of a marketing strategy of supermarkets in Australia. Until I migrated here, that’s when I learned more ways of helping save the environment, one of which is to bring reusable bags when you do your groceries instead of using plastic bags.

We all know the damage that plastic bag does to our environment (click click click if you don’t know!). I hope all of us do our share by minimizing the use of plastic bags and instead keep a reusable bag inside our bags wherever we go.

I always make it a point to have one reusable bag wherever I go and I somehow have a collection of them at home now. A couple of them I keep in the trunk of our car because I use them when we do our grocery and shopping. We still have a couple of plastic bags at home but we only use them for garbage. My goal is to minimize the use of plastic bags and avoid bringing home a lot of grocery bags whenever we do grocery and shopping. It took me awhile to make this a habit but nowadays, I consciously remind myself to ALWAYS bring at least one reusable bag. Sometimes, I’d forget to bring reusable bags to the grocery and I really get mad at myself whenever that happens. It may be just two or three plastic bags but still, I’m not proud of myself carrying home plastic bags nowadays.

Some other tips:
1. If you are only buying a few things and it can in fit your bag, please advice the checkout person that you don’t need your bought items to be put in a plastic bag. Just take the receipt and you will be good to go.

2. When paying for the items your chose to buy, immediately give the checkout person your reusable bag/s and tell him/her to put your paid stuff in it instead of putting it inside a plastic bag. In some countries, when you give your reusable bag/s to the checkout person, they know what it is for. If they don’t know, tell them, in that way you are also educating them.

3. If you have plastic bags at home, reuse them as many times before throwing them out.

    9 Comments

  1. The K After Tomorrow

    oh i LOVE EnviroSax. I bought two when I went to Oz last year and found them sooo convenient to use.

    I gave one of them to my mom and found that one of the local outdoors stores (ROX on BHS) carries them but for a waaay more expensive price. Still beats using plastic. 🙂

  2. RicAdeMus

    I do a better job at work than I do at home. I keep two bags in my desk to use when I get carryout for lunch–so I don’t have to use a plastic bag from the restaurant.

    I have reusable bags at home, I need to remember to keep them in the car so I have them where and when I need them.

    Thanks for the reminder! =)

  3. Leah

    I am an advocate of “no to plastic”… I always have my reusable bags with me when I shop and do the grocery. And I have quite a collection of environment-friendly bags.

    Love this EnviroSax… it can easily be stored inside our everyday bag and when the need to shop hits you, meron ka agad bag na mahuhugot sa loob.

  4. Ibyang

    @K : very fasyon

    @kay : good on yah!

    @Rick : you’re welcome! it takes a lot of getting used to no? since we grew up with plastic bags everywhere. but at least we are now aware and trying to make an effort

    @Leah : i remember in one of your contests, you gave away a reusable bag, i wanted to win but i didn’t. that’s one reusable bag i want because we don’t have that here in Sydney

  5. lauren

    nice, i recycle plastic bags as much as i can too. and if i purchase an item that fits in my bag, i tell the bagger not to put it in plastic anymore. 🙂 i *heart* reusables!

  6. Joanie

    WOW makabili nga nyan pag-punta ko 🙂

    Ibyang I accidentally deleted all the comments that were made to my last entry. I wasn’t able to read your full comment. I’d be glad to hear it again…

  7. Yasmine

    Ibyang, I’m with you on the reusable bags. I’ve used them since I can remember – in my country of origin there were no free plastic bags in the stores! When I lived in Germany, I continued to do it – recycling and reusing is a religion in Germany. It’s when I came to Canada that I was smitten by the number of plastic bags given free of charge everywhere! Luckily, this is about to change.

CommentsYour thoughts are important to me. Thank you for taking time to leave a message!