Consider 'Bring Your Own Bottle' scheme at public events

I agree with the points Ms Aarti Giri has raised ("Work towards a plastic-lite Singapore"; Tuesday).

While conducting a one-hour survey on plastic bag use at a supermarket recently, I noticed that every shopper was carrying groceries in supermarket-issued plastic bags.

Most bags were also sparsely packed, resulting in the use of more bags.

Some participants told me that in India, consumers are charged for each plastic bag issued.

We could consider giving more cash incentives to consumers to use their own bags, and charging consumers for each plastic bag issued.

The proceeds could be put back into the business to reduce the price of groceries.

Recently, a whopping 600,000 plastic bottles of water were issued in the National Day Parade funpacks. This is not counting the bottles given to volunteers and performers.

Ms Giri's suggestions on having more drinking fountains in public areas and using reusable receptacles at seminars and hotels are particularly useful and worth exploring.

Recently, a whopping 600,000 plastic bottles of water were issued in the National Day Parade funpacks.

This is not counting the bottles given to volunteers and performers.

Perhaps the organisers of future events could consider asking participants to use their own water bottles.

Consumers and businesses should work hand in hand to reduce the use of plastic.

If Singapore is really aiming to be environmentally friendly, it should begin with environmentally friendly mass public events.

Lian Guan Mui (Miss)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 01, 2016, with the headline 'Consider 'Bring Your Own Bottle' scheme at public events'. Print Edition | Subscribe