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Today we found out that SM Hypermart doesn’t only use paper bags and recycle boxes for groceries on Wednesdays—they do this everyday now, according to a Pasig ordinance.

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Yes, I was shocked because in other supermarkets (Unimart, for instance) they sell their cardboard boxes instead of just recycling them.

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S&R Price Club used to have all these boxes available for groceries; now they are hard to find.
So hurray, SM!

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Jane_nos

Including South Supermarket Pasig and McDonalds.

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in Seoul, this big Lotte supermarket in city center has facility to pack grocery items via used boxes free, self-service nga lang. na-test ang packing skills namin when we shopped for food. lots of packing tape & straw strings. it’ll cost one 4 pesos to buy a paper bag, which is sturdy naman. good thing uso na din sya dito yan. 🙂

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Carla Cruz

Muntinlupa’s been doing this since the start of 2011, if I remember correctly, and it’s great that slowly but surely a lot of cities are doing the same. 😀

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Paper bags are still not the solution, though. Apart from the fact that they biodegrade, they’re not necessarily more environment friendly than plastic bags. They still have a significant carbon footprint from production, transportation, etc. plus, well, they’re paper. They come from trees. And they’re not 100% made from recycled fiber. So guys, reusable eco bags is still the best way to go. [Reply]The_Sung_Empress Reply:October 27th, 2011 at 10:47 AMAmen to that! I keep a lot of eco bags in different sizes para always handy. Eco bags – whether cloth or the nylon variety – should also be washed regularly,… Read more »

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Amen to that! I keep a lot of eco bags in different sizes para always handy. Eco bags – whether cloth or the nylon variety – should also be washed regularly, especially if you put wet food inside like meat, fish, and veggies and fruits. My sister in the US is paranoid of salmonella poisoning and the like (and with good reason- just check the US news) so she’s a little wary of using reusable bags for grocery shopping.

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Melvel

I hate this ordinance.  They have it in Muntinlupa too.  I agree that paper does not necessarily mean better for the environment than plastic.  Besides, there are a lot of products that simply cannot be put in paper bags (or even boxes).  Prime example:  frozen goods.

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SM Hypermarket in North Edsa have no plastic bags every wednesday too.. i dunno if it is for everyday na. Hurray for SM!

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Lil

I’m all for going green and recycling, but I really don’t think this will work in Baguio, though. The perennial rainy season will make it hard for commuters.

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I think all SM Hypermart go green during Wednesday. Saw people carrying paper bags around this afternoon at SM. Great start!

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The_Sung_Empress Reply:

I think so too. Pati eyeshadow ng mga staff. 😀

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Roxi Santiago Reply:

Bwahahaha! Just had to reply that laugh dahil bumenta sakin :))

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The_Sung_Empress Reply:

Napansin ko kasi yun eh. 🙂 Green sa hypermart, while the department store sales ladies use blue. Observe it next time you go. 😉

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I think so too. Pati eyeshadow ng mga staff. 😀

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Bwahahaha! Just had to reply that laugh dahil bumenta sakin :))

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Napansin ko kasi yun eh. 🙂 Green sa hypermart, while the department store sales ladies use blue. Observe it next time you go. 😉

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I like it. It should be green all over Manila. Hmmm.. time to increase my green bags. I currently have 5. I need more! 🙂

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i think SM do this sa lahat ng branches nila. here in davao, they also don’t use plastics when you take out food sa food court and food stalls near the grocery. they use recycle plastic containers instead which of course may bayad.

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It’s about time! Here’s hoping everyone would follow what SM & Pasig City (and others) started.
It should be a habit to bring reusable shopping bags to minimize usage of plastics; we do it here in Penang, otherwise we’ve to pay extra when we go grocery without it.  ‘Ika nga, “it’s just getting use to it.” sana ang pagdadala ng reusable bags ay maging habit hard to break! 🙂

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Environment friendly! 🙂

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Muntinlupa has a similar ordinance. South Supermarket in Alabang uses the old boxes (free of charge) if you have tons of groceries and didn’t bring reusable shopping bags. It’s a hassle for those that don’t have cars, but then why buy tons of groceries if you didn’t bring a car noh? What I hate about the city ordinance is that it covers all commercial establishments. There are some products that are not suitable to be placed in paper bags (e.g. softdrinks that have condensation, pointy hardware from TrueValue, bread from Breadtalk), which lead to rips in the bags and products… Read more »

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Anonymous

or meat inside a paper bag!

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Hurray for SM indeed! There’s hope for them yet. Hopefully, they will continue to improve and do away with their excuses like “Ma’am, okay lang ba na kulang ng 25 centavos ang sukli niyo?” (‘Sure, if it’s okay na kulang din ng 25 centavos ang bayad ko.’) and “Hindi po tama ang presyo niyan.” Plus, I hope they allocate more green spaces in their malls and have a lot more trash bins or at least recycle bins. [Reply]Aileen Santiago Reply:October 26th, 2011 at 3:52 PMSM owes me a lot of 25 centavos already. Some cashiers won’t even inform you that… Read more »

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SM owes me a lot of 25 centavos already. Some cashiers won’t even inform you that your change is 25 centavo short.

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