I'm pretty conscious about trying to cut down waste. For the longest time, I always bring reusable shopping bags everywhere, especially when food shopping. It was a great feeling when the day came that there were no plastic bags in the house! Nowadays, most supermarkets have a selection of branded reusable bags to purchase for a nominal price, and give a "go green" refund off your transaction for each bag you bring for your food shopping. Shops like IKEA are great, because there are no plastic bags! In Hong Kong, a plastic bag levy was introduced a few years ago. Major supermarkets and chain stores charge HK 50¢ (US 6¢) for each disposable plastic bag. (The levy is paid to the government to protect the environment). It's a success in that disposable plastic bag usage has dropped, and many people are carrying their own bags. Just make sure to wash them once in awhile.
• Cadbury's tin for baked goodies
• Double decker bus tin – formerly
a cookie tin, now stores bread
• Trusty packed-lunch essentials:
water bottle, insulated thermos
and snack container
|Porridge, stew, rice (for a fried rice!), cauliflower soup, fruit and veggies.|