Mama, what do you call it when a corporate preaches and practises one thing and then right under the noses of its customers does something that as good as cancels out what it preached and practised?
Sheer hypocrisy, mama would reply, I’m sure.
Because of environmental concern, most if not all big supermarket chains in Singapore are imposing a no-free plastic bag policy one day a week.
I hate this policy because I think it’s absurd to think we are saving the environment, if not the earth (what hubris!), if we pack our wet, dirty, clean and whatever shopping from the supermarket into re-useable bags.
With plastic bags, I can at least segregate the wet meat and veggies from dry stuff like packets of milk, oats, coffee, bread etc. I can also re-use the plastic bags; the badly affected ones for wet trash and the cleaner ones as bin liners, repacking stuff to give away etc..
But with the re-useable bags that proclaim themselves as “I’m not plastic” etc, I would have to wash and dry them after every trip to the supermart. So water and detergent wld be used. No damage to the environment meh? OK, I cld be less fastidious and re-use and re-use the bags, without washing, till they are so yucky that they have to be thrown away.
Frankly, has anyone worked out how much it costs the evironment to make these re-useable bags vs that of making disposable plastic? And even more frankly, who does it benefit immediately other than those pple who make and sell “I’m not a plastic” bags and the supermarkets which need to give away fewer plastic bags!
Which brings me up to the sheer hypocrisy of it all –when I came across a stack of plastic bottles of water for sale just be4 National Day, reduced from $10.20 to $5.85, for 12 bottles of 1.5 litres each! (see pix)
Hasn’t it been said time and time again that Singapore’s water is so good that it could be drunk straight from the taps?
This aside, someone somewhere would surely realise that hawking cheap plastic bottled water is sooooooooooooo contradictory to the no-plastic bags on certain days practice. Unless the supermarket where i saw these plastic bottles of water being sold has already abandoned the no-plastic bag policy. Which is good. But be bold enough to declare it, so that competitors will come to their senses too.
Save Gaia by all means but by doing things that really benefit the environment, not by adopting what is effectively zero-sum environmental chic.