From the above picture, you could be forgiven for thinking that I´m staying in a place where I can shop in a plastic free utopia. I´m not. I´m in Singapore, a country obsessed with single use plastic as much as the next.
What I did do when I got here, is search for a place where I could shop PALL – Plastic A Lot Less. Actually, I didn´t have to look far, it´s across the road from the supermarket. A hawker or wet market as it´s known. It´s also probably half the price as the supermarket for fruit and veg. Some stalls are open late into the evening. Really, it´s a no brainer!
The above shot was from a shopping trip I did a couple of Saturdays ago. It´s for 3 adults and 2 children, (I don´t eat that much!) In just one shopping trip, just for veggis and a few pulses I refused over 30 plastic items, in the form of containers and plastic bags.
30 plastic items refused. In one food shopping trip. Refusals add up!
In the below images is where I´ve been shopping the last few months. As you can see, there´s A LOT of plastic around. I take my own bags and selected certain things. A trolly would of been handy mind you!
Today the stall owners I´ve been using for the last 5 months were wishing me well, when I explained my time here is coming to an end. The whole time they have been very happy and willing to help me out with my strange request!
Not all stalls were possible to shop at, some had literally pre-packed everything, but most were. I found lots that hadn´t pre-packed and I could buy everything I needed loose.
The more people requesting for items with out plastic, the less they will pre-pack. We make the demand, they simply supply…
Happy Searching. Happy refusing. Happy PALL-ing!