Saturday, April 21, 2007

Singapore launches first "Bring Your Own Bag Day"

Tomorrow is Earth Day, so I found this news, hope our lousy Malaysian government do some action to protect our home!

This post is related from my previous post:
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by: CCTV    19 April 2007

SINGAPORE, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Singapore on Wednesday launched the first "Bring Your Own Bag Day", aimed to cut use of plastic bags.
At many participating supermarkets, many shoppers were seen coming with their own bags. Those who did not have one bought the reusable bags for less than one Singapore dollar (about 66 U.S. cents) from cashiers who eagerly encouraged them to do so.
While those who needed plastic bags were requested to donate 10cents for each plastic bag issued to them.
Singapore's National Environment Agency (NEA), the organizer of the campaign, said it was encouraged by the response of the first day.
NEA Chief Executive Officer Lee Yuen Hee said in a statement: "We are very encouraged by the positive response to the campaign. More people are taking interest in environmental issues."
According to the NEA, at a supermarket named Giant in Parkway Parade, response was so overwhelming that reusable bags were sold out by midday and new stock had to be brought in.
From now on, every first Wednesday of the month is designated as the "Bring Your Own Bag Day". The NEA has worked with seven supermarket chains to sell reusable bags and hoped to increase the low two percent of shoppers using reusable bags.
The NEA also hopes that more retailers will come on board.
But some residents said they are used to using plastic bags and it is hard to change their habit.
"Well not all customers are used to the idea of using reusable bags. It really takes time and effort to persuade them to change their habit. But we can't do it overnight," local television Channel News Asia quoted Gerry Lee, general manager of a supermarket named NTUC Fairprice, as saying.
According to the NEA, Singapore consumes 2.5 billion plastic bags each year. However, burning a ton of waste plastic bags produces almost 2,900 kg of carbon dioxide, the gas that causes global warming.

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My opinion
Malaysian government didn't show any obvious action to help protect environment, Just a lot of bullshit, then a quiet. Although some action like 3 colors recycle bin is everywhere, but not all Malaysian can "differentiate" color.... What a shame.

The million Ringgit loss in the Johore flood few months ago, is it really caused by Singapore's landfill project? Sound bullshit, although I am not architect. Anyone thought about why heavy rain kept poring down for days? Politicians just know how to point their fingers to others.

Visit and to understand more about what difficult that can affect the whole world that we really face beside terrorist attack.

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Keropok Man said...

Well, you can start by bringing your own bags shopping :-)

Someone needs to start, why not make it you? I used bags that I brought back to Singapore a few years from Australia, and used them when I shop. not all the time, but when i know i am going shopping, i will.

vhanded said...

thanks for protecting Earth. I practise it all the time, I didnt bring bag while shopping, but I bring backpack. And I try not to take plastic bag if my items are less, and can fit inside my backpack or pocket.

Sometimes feel so happy when successfully influence friends to don't use plastic bag.

Keropok Man said...

that's good!

Twisties in Msia has Only For malaysia, so that it can be sold for RM.

The ones sold overseas are more expensive. Eg, Twisties in Msia is RM1.50, in Sg it is SGD1.50 thats why the packaging has the extra label, they do not want pple to sell it here in Sg :-)

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