Cart and I were hosting my friends Lynn and Francesco for dinner last night. We were showing them around the house – the bedroom, the study room, the balcony et al.
I forgot to take a picture of Lynn and Francesco, so I’ll put this pic of me instead 😛
It was when we were in the kitchen that they were curious to see the laundry room. Francesco almost opened the door before Cart stopped him.
I was horrified. Because beyond the door was of unspeakable nature. It was something that must never be seen by a mortal.
It was the clutter monster lurking.
It so cluttered with newspapers, empty bottles and plastic bags that I was so embarassed. Fortunately, they did not go on further.
The next day, I could not hold my procrastination to tidy the laundry room any longer. I decided to face the clutter monster.
It daunting. It was a long and tedious battle – Clearing and folding all those plastic bags. But several hours later, the clutter monster left and all was relatively peaceful in the kingdom of Laundria again.
But that really made me wonder. How was it that we had so many plastic bags in the first place?
Cart and I, as with most people, have develop the habit of saving the plastic bags, mostly to use it to throw rubbish in before sending it to the main bins outside the house.
Here in Italy, rubbish bins are colour coded according to the type of material.
It seems like for every time that we used one to throw rubbish in, 4 new plastic bags comes in.
If P is for incoming plastic bag and p is for outgoing plastic bags, then P = 4p hence P/p = 4 meaning they are directly proportional. And eventually we will be chased out of our home.
What is interesting in Italy is that, shoppers would have to pay for their plastic bags. Whereas in Singapore, you could get it for free normally or 5 cents each bag once a month when Fairprice does their Bring-your-own-bag scheme.
In any case, you could choose between a regular plastic bag or the more expensive biodegradable one.
Cart and I found out that the biodegradable one isn’t very strong though. We put a couple of bottles in it and the bag broke. So, ironically, people would buy the cheaper and stronger plastic anyway.
But what is stranger to me is how we are so willing to pay for plastic bags. I think I’d rather carry a large shopping bag. More for controlling the clutter monster rather than anything else.
By the way, here is a video on how to fold your plastic bags into triangles
And thus, here ends today’s blog post of the exciting life of me