The price of going plastic-free in Singapore

The writer and her mother, Mrs Patricia Kiew, 49, a homemaker, making bags with old copies of newspapers. The bags are used to line waste bins around the home, as an alternative to plastic bags do dispose of garbage. Above: Daily essentials with plas
The writer and her mother, Mrs Patricia Kiew, 49, a homemaker, making bags with old copies of newspapers. The bags are used to line waste bins around the home, as an alternative to plastic bags to dispose of garbage. ST PHOTO: JEANELL KIEW
The writer and her mother, Mrs Patricia Kiew, 49, a homemaker, making bags with old copies of newspapers. The bags are used to line waste bins around the home, as an alternative to plastic bags do dispose of garbage. Above: Daily essentials with plas
Daily essentials with plastic-free packaging including toothpaste powder and dishwashing and laundry soap ST PHOTO: JEANELL KIEW
The writer and her mother, Mrs Patricia Kiew, 49, a homemaker, making bags with old copies of newspapers. The bags are used to line waste bins around the home, as an alternative to plastic bags do dispose of garbage. Above: Daily essentials with plas
A huge bag folded from copies of old newspapers can be used to contain garbage.ST PHOTO: JEANELL KIEW

Habits are hard to break but one can start by making small changes

I ate breakfast on the go for six years. Whether it was a peanut-butter sandwich or a char siew bao, each item was ensconced in a plastic bag - which ended up in the bin within 20 minutes.

So when I was challenged to go plastic-free for two weeks, I was curious to see how I would fare.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 02, 2019, with the headline 'The price of going plastic-free in S'pore'. Print Edition | Subscribe