(photo by wasapninjordan)
When I first came to Jordan, it was so strange for my shopping to be packed for me by supermarket staff. I am used to doing this myself in the UK. When I tried to help and pack, some staff actually got offended that I was helping them. Maybe they saw it as a criticism or me making a judgement on their quality of work? I am not sure why but as I relaxed and took the back seat when it came to packing my shopping, I soon discovered how much plastic carrier bags are wasted. Each carrier bag has, at most 3 or 4 items in it. I love luxuries such as buying Kellogg’s ‘Special K’ cereal, which when it is packed gets its own special carrier bag 🙂
In the UK most major supermarkets have started to charge its customers a small fee for using plastic carrier bags in order to sway them to use reusable bags. Plastic carrier bags are extremely difficult to recycle and this is becoming a huge problem all over the world.
I do think we need to think about the future now and take a proactive approach to smaller things; as these smaller things may become bigger problem in the future.