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Friday, December 21, 2018

Zero Waste Ideas: Green Bags

I've always been the type of person who has concern for the environment. I'm the person who fusses if someone in the car wants to throw trash outside the window or if someone wants to throw those toll receipts while in a running vehicle. I fuss over people who burn their trash (to the point of tweeting the DENR when I spot one, hahaha) and really look for ways to be more environment-friendly. I can be incredibly annoying and OC when it comes to these things. I will nag you over and over until you do it the right way.

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When the concept of using green or reusable/eco bags for shopping started in the country I breathed a sigh of relief because I've wanted to use the bags I got from my mom for so long but the people at the stores wouldn't let me. They used to look at me like I was a crazy person.

When the government started encouraging the use of these reusable bags I started bringing mine with me when I had to shop anywhere. The funny thing is, even with the green bags for sale at the malls and such, it was still rare for shoppers to actually bring their own bags because it still puzzled salespeople when I ask them to put my purchases in my bags. I find it weird that they have to stop and ask their supervisor first before they let me do that. They often prefer if I used their bags, which I would have to buy from them. I think it defeats the purpose of saving on trash if I have to keep buying their bags every time I make a purchase, right?

As much as I appreciate that malls like SM have their green/reusable bags, I still have a few issues with them. I find the reusable bags too small. Those wide ones may look spacious but you can't really fit much in them. They need to be thicker. For a commuter like me, that's an issue. I don't like the shoulder bag type of straps on them too, it's much more difficult to carry around if it's full because you keep on hitting people with it.

The concept of biodegradable bags, on the other hand, is something I both like and dislike. While I am happy that these bags are indeed biodegradable (I've seen one that I've kept in a closet degrade on its own), I got pissed using them one time when I had a heavy purchase, and the bag tore as I was walking out the mall. I commute, so that was a big deal to me. A sturdier but biodegradable bag would still be a good idea though. Or maybe stores could sell more reusable canvas bags. I have way too many reusable bags with torn out straps that need to be thrown in the trash.

Most shopping centers have stopped the use of plastic completely. Some have started recycling delivery boxes for large-item purchases. I think that is a big step in the right direction. I just wish that they'd let the shoppers choose the types of bags they want to use (I find the canvas bag from Healthy Options big and strong enough for basic shopping, I highly recommend that). I know that they prefer the bags from their stores for security purposes but I hope they can be more lenient with reusable bags or at least have some sort of process that will let shoppers use other bags.

What do you all think of “green” bags? Do you use them? What type of bags do you prefer when shopping? Let me know in the comments section, please!

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