When I moved to Sydney, I became more aware of how to be more earth-friendly. Thanks to this country’s numerous “green-friendly” advertisements on TV and to my office which has an Eco-Committee, the information I get from them not only made me aware of how we can help save the environment, it also made me a part of taking care of our one and only Earth.
I admit that I USED to hoard pretty looking table napkins from restaurants. But now, not anymore. I even get upset when the Husband grabs so many table napkins. I really cringe and remind him to just get a few and if we need some more, we will just grab some again.
A few weeks back, I saw Starbucks’ great reminder on saving napkins in order to help the environment:
Each pouch has 5 Envirosax reusable bags.
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.
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.