Me in Fiji when we found a market that sold BULK lentils & spices. SHOCKED & extremely psyched, I had my little mesh @young.eco
bags ready to be filled w lentils, popcorn, fenugreek, & a variety of seeds. For the finely ground spices I folded a sheet of newspaper into an envelope, tucking the sides in to avoid spillage. 💌
A few things were packed in plastic, such as cardamom pods. The label said they were packaged by the store, meaning there was a big bag around somewhere! I inquired with an employee who shook his head--pshh I’ve experienced resistance before! 2 employees later, & I was en route to backstage supermarket where I filled my little satchel with heaps of pods. *(cardamom + ginger tea is good for seasickness!) I had fun at the produce markets, where the sellers kept trying to plastic bag my fruity goods. We would have hilarious banter, as they thought they were hooking me up w double bags. I showed them my reusable bags, boxes, & boot/trunk full of loose produce. “There is already too much plastic on the side of the road here, it’s not good! I don’t use plastic, so Fiji doesn’t turn into a trash dump!” Most of the time they agreed.
It’s so important to have these conversations, listen to their perspective, grow our perspective, understand each other & collectively evolve. It’s so important to PERSIST, to find something that works & go without until you do:
I tried to shop at a market before the exciting bulk discovery. I saw staff filling small plastic bags from a large bag & I asked them to fill my little satchels. They were not on board. They kept pointing to the small plastic spice bags, “this is easier for us. They don’t spill. It’s faster at check-out. It keeps the spice fresh.” I tried to explain my intentions, that we have the power to create less trash. They shook their heads: too slow, too inconvenient. I wanted to ask if they’d heard of ‘Fiji Time!’ 🙃
Bring your own bags, otherwise get creative! Origami some paper satchels with a nearby newspaper!
We are only slaves to the system if we choose to be. Get creative. Avoid making trash no matter where you are, what you are doing, how inconvenient or impossible it seems. Us > Trash 💙