So it has been one week since I started my green-venture 30 days zero waste challenge in Bangkok. So far I’ve tried to:
- Not use any plastic, but instead carry my own water bottle and tote bag.
- Not produce food waste, which means finishing my food.
- Start composting
- Learn how to make my own products
- Reduce overconsumption by not buying unnecessary stuff, yup that includes all kinds of shopping.
I am really enjoying this challenge even though it is as hard (or even harder than) as I thought it would be.
Not use any plastic (2/5)
I’ve been carrying around my stainless steel water bottle and a tote bag like I’ve promised. I’ve been doing it everyday. Yet still plastic has been incorporated in a Bangkokian’s life that I still find it hard to detach myself from the system. The other day I went grocery shopping at Gourmet Market in Emporium Shopping Centre. Even though I had my tote bag with me, I still wasn’t paying attention when the cashier lady put all my stuff in a plastic bag and handed it to me. Guess what I did? Yup, I have to shamefully admit that I willingly accepted. It was about 5 minutes after that did I realize what had just happened. It was like using plastic has been so instilled in my daily life that I completely zoned out.
At least once I realized what I did; I transferred all the stuff I bought into my own tote bag before walking back and returning the plastic bag back to the cashier lady. I think you all can imagine the funny look she gave me.