Early this year, the city government of Muntinlupa bannned the use of plastic bags in the city. My first impression was that it was a very ambitious of the city officials to do that, especially since our “palengke” culture thrives so much on the use of plastic bags. I was also concerned about the economic implications of such a drastic action on local producers of plastic bags. Think about hundreds of employees who might lose their jobs because people are no longer buying plastic bags. Banning plastic bags may turn out to be a disaster!
However, a recent visit to SM Muntinlupa made me rethink my opinion. Banning plastic bags might not be such a bad idea after all.
PEOPLE ARE BRINGING THEIR OWN BAGS!
2010 was the year of the canvas bags. SM released several designs last year and I got a couple of them since the mall’s supermarket initiated a “no plastic wednesdays” program last year. I was literally forced to buy a canvas bag when I shopped one Wednesday and had to carry a huge paper bag filled with canned goods. If I had a car, I wouldn’t have bought a canvas bag at all. But since I don’t and I have to ride a jeepney and a tricycle to get home, I bought a canvas bag. I was happy with it. Very stylish!
Then, just last week, I met an old friend in SM Muntinlupa. I brought my own bag just in case I had to buy some things from the supermarket. I was pleasantly surprised that most of the shoppers were lugging around canvas bags filled with grocery goods. I was so glad that I bought my own bag.
Even Booksale doesn’t use plastic anymore. I bought several books that day and the cashier put them in a brown bag. I don’t know why but I felt proud that day. These establishments are following the city ordinance and the shoppers are adopting the Bring Your Own Bag mindset with style. It gives me hope that maybe we can win the war on waste in the near future.
FASHIONABLE PLASTIC BAGS FOR SALE
What will happen to the unsold plastic bags? Here in San Pedro, Laguna, we have a local crocheter who turns common plastic bags into…. guess what?! Plastic bags! But not your ordinary plastic bag. She crochets strips of plastic bags into purses, body bags, and tote bags.
The blue purse you see on the left is made of plastic and has a leathery feel to it. It’s 12 inches long and about 5 inches wide. You can fit your wallet, cell phone, and small kikay kit in here. You can also fit two digital cameras inside.
I am getting myself a purse like that in red. I also want one in black but it would be difficult to find a black plastic bag. The bags also come in color combinations. Metallic accents can also be added to the bag easily.
If you want to own a plastic bag like this, you can text me at 09165-8246563 and I will forward you her contact number. Just introduce yourself and say that you want to order the plastic bag. You can also email me at nica.mandigma@gmail. com for orders. Please note that you can send a bag design that you like and the crocheter will see if it can be done.