Plastic Bags in Singapore

What are the regulations for plastic bags, in a country where even chewing gums are banned?

Plastic Bags in Singapore – What are the regulations for plastic bags, in a country where even chewing gums are banned? Ever since I started my research and decided to do research about plastic bags, my shopping experience has not been the same. I used to be a customer often trying to reject the use of plastic bags, but I have to admit, I also often failed. Those times are gone. Nowadays it feels like I am threatening my aspired degree if I really use plastic bags.

In the following I want to share some of my first shopping (-bag) experiences since I left Germany. To what rules, prompts and campaigns are people exposed, and how do they respond?

My travel to Indonesia included a transit day in Singapore. I was excited to get some impressions of plastic bag policies in the South East Asian model metropolis.  A place, where the famous law prohibiting chewing gums is being enforced, I expected some major regulations.

And here we go. The first bag being offered to me had some clear ideas about the use of plastic bags. Although no strict ban or costly fees, I was asked to better leave it there.

However, the one at the next store got me. I would like to claim that I had been successfully rejecting for quite some time, but here it just did not work out. There was no way.

This plastic bag served as a sealed container of my purchased product. Probably this is a precautionary measure for avoiding theft of shopping items on the way from the cashier to the door. We may talk about an obligatory use of plastic-shopping bags here. Or would I have gotten my reusable bag sealed?

Posted in Research.

Roger

Environmental Behavior, PhD Candidate.

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