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Plastic bags

Postby sim1310 » Mon, 05 May 2008 9:07 pm

China is banning the use and manufacturing of plastics, just before the Olympics. Apparently they use 3 billion plastic bags per day.

This is my only gripe with Singapore, the love of using plastic bags for absolutely everything. Even when you hand over your green bags they still try to put your shopping in a plastic bag and then into the green bag. What the?

About time they got with the programme

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 05 May 2008 11:16 pm

So how you gonna throw your garbage out? Raw garbage down the garbage chute? Not to pragmatic or hygienic is it?

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Postby Loops » Mon, 05 May 2008 11:44 pm

whatever happened to biodegradable plastic bags? Body shop used to do them and I have a sneaking suspicion that Ikea do (I had some stuff stored in a plastic Ikea bag and when I picked it up recently the bag just fell to pieces).

If you could use biodegradable (spelling!) bags for your rubbish, that'd be really good.

Did anyone see that thing in the paper a few months ago about the guy from Singapore who'd developed foam style fast food trays from tapioca (or it could have been semolina). That sounds like a good thing - I haven't heard anything else about it though.

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Re: Plastic bags

Postby road.not.taken » Tue, 06 May 2008 8:00 am

sim1310 wrote:China is banning the use and manufacturing of plastics, just before the Olympics. Apparently they use 3 billion plastic bags per day.

This is my only gripe with Singapore, the love of using plastic bags for absolutely everything. Even when you hand over your green bags they still try to put your shopping in a plastic bag and then into the green bag. What the?

About time they got with the programme


They are, it's just going to take some time. Just say: no carrier, thanks. If I'm at the grocery store without reusable bags, I re-bag everything to use less plastic bags -- they like to put too few items into too many bags. I usually have groceries delivered, in which case they come in recycled (and recyclable) card board boxes.

Someone needs to get on retailer's like Isetan's case about this. They insist on double bagging everything in paper. If you buy a pair of socks, they put them in a little bag, seal them with tape and put that little bundle in a new bag :roll:

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 06 May 2008 1:27 pm

Save a lot of typing here:

http://www.singaporeexpats.com/forum/ft ... sc-15.html
http://www.singaporeexpats.com/forum/ftopic28952.html
http://www.singaporeexpats.com/forum/ftopic48748.html

This has been hashed over and over.....

Biodegradable is best, not elimination. Unless you want to redesign the entire HDB landscape. :o

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Postby road.not.taken » Tue, 06 May 2008 3:41 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Save a lot of typing here:

http://www.singaporeexpats.com/forum/ft ... sc-15.html
http://www.singaporeexpats.com/forum/ftopic28952.html
http://www.singaporeexpats.com/forum/ftopic48748.html

This has been hashed over and over.....

Biodegradable is best, not elimination. Unless you want to redesign the entire HDB landscape. :o


I don't think our discussion of plastic bags is confined to the size that fits most HDB rubbish bins :roll: McDonald's puts cokes in plastic bags for goodness sake.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 06 May 2008 6:11 pm

There you go again.

Dustbins come in all sizes.... :d'oh:

So are you railing about all plastic bags or just little bags? How about great big bags that will fill 55 gal drums? :roll: The most commonly used bag here is from the grocery stores (which if you will notice, prominently figured in most of the posts thus far).

I post to get more information out so as to not having to rehash that which has been already discussed, leaving the way for new information if somebody has something new or relevant.

You post just to pour out animosity. What is it with you? :roll:
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Postby road.not.taken » Tue, 06 May 2008 6:19 pm

There who goes again?

Plenty of plastic bags out there in use that don't fit ANY dust bin. These are the ones we should especially say 'no thank you' to since their chances of being re-used are slim.

Why are you so disagreeable these days?

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Postby cbavasi » Tue, 06 May 2008 6:42 pm

I totally agree about the small bag thing. I almost always decline the bag if it doesn't fit in our garbage can :)
Now, that being said - when I have my groceries delivered and they put them in boxes I always wonder if i can somehow manage to lift a couple bags for the dustbin :D (joking, of course!)

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Postby cutiebutie » Tue, 06 May 2008 6:43 pm

Is SMS a woman? :o


(Oh road.not.taken, you should like that!)
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Postby road.not.taken » Tue, 06 May 2008 7:52 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:You post just to pour out animosity. What is it with you? :roll:


Honest to God I have no idea what you are talking about :roll: Animosity about plastic bags? That's just crazy.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 06 May 2008 9:36 pm

road.not.taken wrote:Honest to God I have no idea what you are talking about :roll:


Why doesn't that surprise me?

Is cutiebutie a man? :o

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Postby Loops » Wed, 07 May 2008 10:40 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Save a lot of typing here:

http://www.singaporeexpats.com/forum/ft ... sc-15.html
http://www.singaporeexpats.com/forum/ftopic28952.html
http://www.singaporeexpats.com/forum/ftopic48748.html

This has been hashed over and over.....

Biodegradable is best, not elimination. Unless you want to redesign the entire HDB landscape. :o


LOL I think I even almost repeated myself word for word too :?

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Postby micknlea » Thu, 08 May 2008 11:35 am

At least now they no longer look at you like you are an alien when you use your "green" bags, they are becoming more and more accepted. A year ago almost no one used them. Now they are a common sight. It takes time people.

The little bag bit, hmmm, it is changing in more places now, my 7-11 guy now asks if I want a bag, so too the Caltex girls, before they would have just bagged it up.

Just keep saying "no bag thanks"...
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 08 May 2008 4:41 pm

I actually keep two small "green" bags in my laptop bag as well just for that purpose. I have a number of larger grocery store types given away by NTUC a year ago when they first started using them. But I never take them to the NTUC when I go. Otherwise I gotta go out & buy plastic bags for the trashbin!

Cheaper biodegradable bags are what we need. The current ones are still a bit too expensive and if they thin them down like NTUC did with the plastic bags, it will just cause the double bagging syndrome that is currently in use as 8 No.10 tins cans will go through if you have to carry them any distance.


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