I’ve been collecting these shopping bags for some time now, hoping I could, one day, bring them with me grocery shopping; but every time I reached the check out counter, I felt uncomfortable taking out my shopping bags, fearing the cashiers and baggers would give me the stare.

So when H started coming home with groceries packed in brown paper bags that were almost always ripped at the bottom from the weight, I looked at him with eyes as big as saucers and asked, “Why are they in paper bags?”

He said, “Pasig has enforced the ‘No plastic bag’ policy”. I was ecstatic! Finally, I can now use my shopping bags!


Shopping Bags

From left to right is a Crumpler bag from when H bought me my 6 Million Dollar Home camera bag; up center is a violet bag from Old Navy and down center is a bag from Travel Essentials when I bought a travel medicine kit organizer from their booth during the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2010; and the green one is a bag from Makulay Lodge and Villas in El Nido, Palawan that Likha gave us during our visit the summer of 2010.

Finally, cities are imposing a no plastic bag policy – something I have been wishing for for a long time. I hope more cities will impose this policy. I especially hate the thin and tiny plastic bags that they use in wet markets for wrapping things like fruits, small toys and food. I find them the most useless, nonreusable and highly pollutant. If one looks at the esteros, they are mostly clogged by these tiny plastic bags. I remember throwing a lot of these in Pili; thus making me think that although Pili is a small provincial town, and perhaps pollution is not much of an issue because there is very little risk of flooding, the same policy should also be imposed.

Actually, I tend to say, “Wow, groceries in brown paper bags, how first world country!” just for the heck of it.

But as Lia loves to put it, “[Pasig] Best!” with a thumbs up!