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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Great GREEN News but...

Ikea To Start Charging Customers For Plastic Bags
(Summary of The Straits Times, HOME, page H3 Wednesday, April 11, 2007)

Ikea of Singapore is charging consumers a nominal 5 cents for standard-size plastic bags and 10 cents for larger ones. And will cut the price of their reusable blue bags from S$2.90 to S$1.20 to encourage more customers to BYOB (bring your own bag). Sales of the bags will be donated to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to fund conservation efforts in Indonesia. The money will help fund initiatives by the Indonesian government and non-government organisations to prevent and monitor illegal fires and forest-clearing and promote sustainable forest management. The campaign was rolled out in Britain last year, where it proved to be a huge success. Charging 10 pence per bag, the initiative cut the store's plastic bag usage by 95%, said Ikea spokesman Lars Svensson. And customers in the United States had already started paying for their plastic bags in February this year. The money raised in those sales was also channeled to environmental causes. From news online of Channel New Asia, “Singapore consumes 2.5 billion plastic bags each year… Singapore incinerates its waste plastic bags and burning a tonne of them produces almost 2,900 kilograms of carbon dioxide - the gas that causes global warming. Global warming is the reason why glaciers melt, causing sea levels to rise. And that is a serious issue for islands like Singapore.”

Local Corporations Need To Wake Up!
While we cheer Ikea's environmental efforts both locally and globally, it's quite disheartening to know that many local corporations and folks involved aren't doing enough, and are still in fact still contributing to the escalating problem of global warming. It’s time to think beyond profits and losses - not everything can be measured in dollars and sense. How much is the planet worth? How do you measure the cost of physical and emotional damage wrecked by global warming?

The executive director of the Singapore Environment Council Howard Shaw said the resistance by retailers boiled down to “a fear of losing customers”. To let fear of losing customers be placed on higher priority than the “fear of losing the entire planet and its lives (which includes the customers!)” is totally preposterous.

There's only one earth and alarm bells have already ringing non-stop. We are experiencing freak weather that costs lives globally. If this is not enough to convince each of us to do something, then what is? Are we simply really waiting for a great catastrophe to hit us personally before we do the right thing?

We cannot tackle global warming issue singlehandedly – we need to do it collectively. If we truly believe saving the Earth is crucial, we have to help each other achieve that. Why not join hands together with Ikea and the rest of the world on this plastic bag issue? Those who don't think using a single plastic bag after another is no issue should just have to pay for doing so. As we can see, encouraging reusable bags alone had not been successful enough to alert the urgency of the environmental issue. Many of us still use plastic bags wastefully and it's not an uncommon sight at supermarkets that many customers still ask for more plastic bags unnecessarily, while cashiers issue them without much thought.

As a message on a reusable cloth bag I carry says, using it as an alternative is “a bag that won’t cost the Earth”!

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8 Comments:

Blogger Fabien said...

IKEA has also been charging for plastic bags here in the UK the past few months. The bags however are biodegradable as they are made with some kind of chemical that isnt toxic. However I also read that biodegradable bags are harder to recycle... are they using normal plastic bags in S'pore or these new biodegradable one?
I keep the blue IKEA bags in the boot of my car and use them as often as possible and always say no thanks at the supermarket when the cashier starts to put my shopping in a plastic bag

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

 
Anonymous zweiya said...

Ikea Singapore uses biodegradable plastic bags as well, but in Singapore we dun wait for the plastic bags to degrade itself, we burn it.

Sigh... and people actually wonder why SIngapore is damn hot...

Thursday, April 19, 2007

 
Blogger Fabien said...

they burn it? defeats the purpose! hahahaa what morons!!!

Friday, June 01, 2007

 
Blogger zlyrica said...

Well, the heat energy produced by the burning was said to help generate the electricity, dun know how much tho... so not totally morons la...

Friday, June 01, 2007

 
Blogger KleoPatra said...

ALL stores need to start doing things like this. Ridiculous wastefulness of stores...

Thanks for this post!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

 
Blogger dreamy said...

I like it if they have biodegradable plastic bags because I need them for their trash, usually I will need the normal plastic bags for trash.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

 
Blogger zlyrica said...

A friend of mine, suggest we use newspaper for trash, which is not a bad idea, since most households read newspapers...

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

 
Blogger dreamy said...

But how to wrap the rubbish to throw down the chute? The rubbish will fall out right?

Thursday, July 05, 2007

 

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