Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Maliks and Biodegradable bags in Lebanon

This is a great initiative from Malik's Bookshop.
This is a "totally biodegradable bag", therefore in 2 years it won't
exist anymore.

When we go to the supermarket, once or twice a week, and buy things, and stock them in plastic bag, and then what do we do with these bags? We don't use the same ones to stock what we buy, instead we either throw them as is, or make them a bit useful by putting garbage in them. But even when they become garbage bags, where do they go? Do they burn them? Of course they don't recycle them.

This is definitely something that is very under the table and rarely ever mentioned. But there are several supermarkets out there offering re-usable bags from cloth, which can be used over and over again in the supermarkets, instead of wasting bags that are not biodegradable.

Kudos to Maliks, and let's hope more will join.


  1. In Montreal, supermarkets started last year to charge 5 cents per each plastic bag you use, and offer a recyclable bag for 1$ so you can buy it once and use it every time you wanna do your grocery shopping. Actually most of the people now use this recyclable bag for their groceries. I think that's the way to go.

  2. True, it's done in spinneys, but not so ... popular for some reason.

    I remember in Paris they had some form of trolley on wheels, amazing in deed!

  3. Here you have discuss good solution for time effective problem that most countries faced. This is very good introducing "biodegradable bags"

  4. now in Turkey goverment encourages biodegradable market bags instead of plastic bags. ekokimya

  5. Just two years? That is amazing! Here's what we do at home: If I'm buying in bulk, I'd bring containers for the meat products. So the butcher does not have to put it in a plastic or paper. It goes straight to my container. When I get home, I clean it up and use the same container to freeze the meat product.