Remember your Pick ‘n Pay Green Bag???
Do you remember the R5,00 you paid for you green Pick ‘n Pay green bag, then you got the matching cooler bag!. You may have even bought 5 or 6 Green bags because you do bulk shopping. Do you remember the guilt that you experienced the first time you forgot to take the bags with you went shopping? You were alking into the store thinking should I buy plastic bags? because if I keep buying the green bags it’s going to cost me a fortune will anyone notice?
You looked at the plastic bags that you bought for R0.29 each and you wondered how many people were looking at you! You could feel the eye’s of the “responsible one’s” looking at you, the knives hitting your back. They thinking “how pathetic – he does not care about the environment!” “look at him buying plastic bags – at least I care about the environment see I have my green bags” or at least that what you are thinking. You want to turn to everyone in the queue and say that you had just forgotten, just this once. “The dog was barking, I had to pick up the kids, I forgot the list, the car wouldn’t start and I locked my keys in the house – I have had a terrible day please stop persecuting me”
I think you know where I going here, but let’s go…..
Standing in the queues now, you can count the “green people” on one hand, the cost of the bag is simply part of the shopping now. The question “do you want bags” – the response “yes please”
Now my question why has the focus shifted? Simply put the government and retailers are not focusing on the issue any more. Where are the in store posters reminding you to take your environmentally friendly shopping bags with you. Where is the clever marketing like “If you buy five or six shopping bags you have paid for half a litre of petrol, this is the same amount you use to go from your home to the shops and back twice!”
What is happening to the levy that we are paying surely this should be channelled into education and on-going awareness campaigns?
So let’s see the focus return to the green bags and the drive to get rid of the “plastic jungle”