I would like to respond to the letter on ‘Let’s work together in reducing plastic waste’, published on June 26 in the Bulletin.
I’m very proud of fellow Bruneians for having developed the habit of bringing reusable bags to supermarkets, supported by countless companies giving away bags to discourage the use of plastic.
I’m equally pleased to see a new shop selling environmentally-friendly items, including an option of bringing empty bottles for shampoos and soaps.
However, I do see some holes in the initiatives and would like to offer some suggestions to circumvent these problems. While using reusable bags for grocery shopping is a good initiative, there may come a time when an individual or family realises that they may have accumulated way too many of them and start to bin them.
I propose setting up an area at the supermarket entrance, where we could donate unused bags. Shoppers, who forget to bring their own bags, could pick one up instead of forking out money to get an additional bag.
Perhaps supermarkets could also set up a station for shoppers to return unwanted Styrofoam and plastic containers used in packaging their produce.
I would like to also see more outlets encouraging the green initiative by allowing customers to bring their own cups. Some cafés have already implemented such a programme, where customers are given a discount as encouragement.
Finally, I call for the authorities to actively discourage eateries and supermarkets from giving away plastic cutlery, straws and bags.
Like what A Concerned Zillenial said, let us work hand-in-hand to tackle the growing plastic problem that is plaguing the world.