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Bring Your Own Bag Day in Singapore!

To my biggest surprise, when I approached the check-out counter in a supermarket and the cashier asked me, "would you need a bag?" It is definitely not a norm for that to happen in Singapore! Even when some major supermarkets do sell reusable cloth bags, they have never once asked me if I prefer to purchase one of them! And to actually ask me if I need a bag? In your dreams!

Oh but that is finally happening now, so it's God's gift! Of course my answer is "no, I don't need a bag, thank you" - with a big smile, which they don't usually get when they tried to shove me plastic bags.

Then when the next customer said he would like a bag, there was a 10-cent extra charge to his purchase (he then quickly changed his mind ahahaha).

Then I noticed a sticker on the cashier counter top, advertising about some "Bring Your Own Bag Day" campaign.

So I see... Singapore is FINALLY "doing something" like a few other countries. Of course, for a start, they will have to take baby steps, because its residents have been highly pampered with the convenience of taking ten plastic bags for one little thing just because they may get punctured. If they were to immediately start bringing their own bags for the rest of their lives, they will die! [Oh my God, how am I going to buy a bar of chocolate if it's not going to be put in a bag?]

I looked up the campaign report, these people's reactions made me laugh.

Whatever it is, I should be glad that they are at least taking one baby step. Today alone should have saved the lives of many unnecessary plastic bags, and hundreds of square-meters of landfill.

According to Yahoo News, the next ring Your Own Bag Day is on 2nd May. Let's hope this baby step will reach its adulthood one day eh?

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