"Jantah beplastic ah." | By SallyHani "Aku namau plastic ah," I said as I paid for my groceries that I could easily carry myself because I am a strong and independent woman, and I don't need a man-made piece of plastic to hold my groceries. .
I say that every time I head to the cash register. It's because I want to lessen my dependency of single-use plastic. In particular, the small plastic bags that you would often get when you buy a few grocery items or from buying a piece of gum (mahu jua beplastic atu ah). .
I would always have a small reusable bag in my purse with me. Or if the inevitable happens like me not bringing one, I would carry my groceries by hand or worse, put them in my mom's rather expensive designer handbags (don't tell my mom that). Bear in mind, my definition of groceries are usually toiletries and dry food, it won't be like belacan or durian kuning 😂. .
Even at our pasar, I would bring my own reusable bag. Trust me, it is a great feeling. I know where my stuff are, I don't have the problem of having too many plastic bags from my nafsu-driven-expenses, because all of my cucur pisang, popia and karipap will be in my reusable bag! Yay! I also love it when vendors would put my favorite fried foods in paper bags instead of plastic bags. So fellow vendors out there who do this, you are the MVPs. .
It's a small act to do but it creates a great impact by saying, "Jantah beplastic ah." Try it out! See how many plastic bags you've saved and realise how it is okay to be less dependent with plastic bags. Trust me, it feels good and you'll less likely feel bad about your nafsu-driven-expenses. .
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