Daily Lessons from Life 31 July 2018 - Plastic addiction n half hearted attempt to kick it!!
"Singapore shoppers take 820 million plastic bags from supermarkets each year: Study
SINGAPORE: Shoppers in Singapore take 820 million plastic bags from supermarkets each year – an average of 146 plastic bags for each person, a study commissioned by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) has found.
These 820 million bags can cover the land area of 126 Gardens by the Bay, and the petroleum used in their production can power 1.9 million car rides across the length of the island and back, the SEC said.
SEC chairman Isabella Huang-Loh said told reporters on Tuesday (Jul 31) that plastic bag usage in Singapore has "quantumly grown" over the years.
"We started three decades ago trying to educate people to go hygienic with plastic bags," she said, referring to campaigns that encouraged the bagging of waste before disposal down the chute.
While the plastic bag charge seems to have worked for the UK, SEC executive director Jen Teo said reducing usage here has to start with education as it will "drive longer term benefits in terms of behavioural change".
In some of the countries where the charge has been introduced, there has been some reduction in plastic bags for a period of time, but over the longer term the use of plastic bags will then increase," she explained."
Maybe i m too demanding or had oversimplified the addiction to plastic bags by Sgp folks if i say: Just ban the use of plastic bags n be done with it!!
Met a Mauritian last Sunday at tbe ActiveSG volunteer event n got talking abt plastic waste as we saw a lot of plastic water bottles lying around at the end of the event n he mentioned that he was shock last year while back visiting his parents that plastic bags r banned in Mauritius! You can't even buy them at the supermarkets or shops! Those that r available r made of potatoes starch n biodegradable!!
While Mauritiusis a small nation with a very small population in the middle of Indian ocean n can totally feel the plastic waste floating in their seas, what is to stop Sgp fr banning the use of plastic bags in the supermarkets n shops?
Yes charges can only work temporarily as people got used to paying. It can also induces the start if a behavioural change that can be further reinforced with education; n vice versa. Only when people truly internalized the habit of using own bags for shopping n getting garbage disposal bags will the addiction to plastics bags be eradicated.
We hv been talking abt this for far too long without any tangible results. In fact, it got worst! Continue the education. At the same time banned plastic bags. It will work much better.
Deal with the backslashes? Give each family 2 big eco-friendly bags for shoppingn they will b cool. As for garbage bags, do what the Canadian, British, Japanese, etc. had been doing for years now, cheap bio-degradable bags !!
Be BOLD as this thing has been ard far too long for a 1st World Nation like Sgp to mark ard!! YES!!??
I finished in 6hrs50mins in 2015 SCMS. Worst of the 8th attempts!
My 2016 Resolutions
1 Life Long Pursuit always: - at personal level, to be a good father, husband, son, friend and human being; - at work level, to be a professional; practising the 7e Way of leaders;
2 To continue the holistic healthy lifestyle of 'eating right and exercising regularly' so as to keep the weight at 70-71kg and off HBP medication;
3 To continue to find ways to promote the 7e Way of Leaders, to generate revenue from at least 3 sources, and to get article published in established publications;
4 To continue to contribute as Volunteer Probation Officer (VPO) with the Probation Services Branch; as Senior Health Ambassador (SHA) for Health Promotion Board (HPB); and some other Volunteer opportunities.
5 To invest wiser and trade wisely to profit from an extremely challenging 2016;
6 To complete the 2016 SCMS on 04 December 2016 under 6.5hrs and raise at least S$5.9k for Singapore Cancer Society!;
7 To always has space for the Unexpected.
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2010 Tour of Amsterdam/Brussels/Paris/Lucerne/Cologne
Family Outside Versailles Palace, France
2009 Dec Tawian Holidays
Four of my Most Important People
2008 Dec HkgMacauHolidays
HawNgee, ZJ and Jun in JAWs!
Lu's Marathon on 7 Dec 2014
I did it 6hr19sec for the 7th time!
Lu's Marathon on 1 Dec 2013
I did it in 6.16. Worst than 2012 of 6.05 and > Target of 6hrs. Still, I will take it! :-)
Lu's Marathon on 2 Dec 2012
5th Time 6.06 > Goal of 6hrs
Lu's Marathon on 4 Dec 2011
I did it again in 5hrs53min05sec!
Lu's Marathon 05 Dec 2010
I completed my 3rd Marathon - 6hrs 24mins
Lu's Marathon 06 Dec 2009
I Did It AGAIN at 6hr20mins!!
Lu's Marathon 07 Dec 2008
I Dit It! 42.195km in 5hr 53Min 34Sec. My 1st Marathon at 51+ Years Old