"Come on, Teacher, don't la... So malu!!"
Perhaps such a suggestion was not really necessary amongst Malaysians. Who doesn't re-use those supermarket or pasar malam bags? Hence, no need to bring them to supermarkets because everyone wants to have more of those - for free!
So we did what else we could: separating aluminium cans, paper, cardboard, egg trays, plastic bottles, glass bottles - all to be sent to the recycling bins. Sometimes we would bring it all the way to Mid Valley to get about RM1.02, not enough to even pay for the parking tickets during weekends! Still, I saw it as a valuable learning experience for the children as they often help out with the sorting and (light) carrying.
Today, in Britain, it's a shame to see not many people recycling. We usually have a trunk full of bottles and boxes every month or so, to be sent to the recycling bins situated at supermarket parking lots.
My twins have also got their decomposing bins in the backyard. They've turned very green now since they joined the school gardening club. I know that there's still a lot we can do but I do hope that more people out there are being more wary of their environments too...
Simple things one can never say no to:
- Use both sides of the paper (instead of single sides only!)
- Turn the tap off when brushing teeth, and perhaps have a cup handy
- Don't use disposables - reusable plastic containers, etc.
- Use energy-saving bulbs (even though it costs more!)
- Walk or cycle when possible - no need to drive!
- Shower with someone you love !