by Sharon

I am from the UK and now living in Saudi Arabia. To be honest, I am shocked at how little is done here to be green. In fact, one of the first things I notice is about packaging.

In supermarkets, a few small items are put in a plastic carriers bag at a time only and so the shopper ends up with maybe a dozen plastic bags when half would have been enough. In addition, I never see anyone reusing plastic bags either.

When I buy cheese, off the block, they put it in a plastic box with a lid!!! But then after that, they then wrap the whole thing in layers of cling film. Then when you get to the cash register, they put it into a small plastic bag before placing it into a plastic carrier bag!!

Oh and don't even get me started on polystyrene !!!

However, I know that in the big scheme of things, what we are doing is not even the size of a drop in the ocean but some friends and I take cotton reusable shopping bags with us and refuse the plastic bags.

We also ask the cheese man not to put it in plastic boxes and cling film but instead, to place it in the plastic box he gave us last time (which we have taken with us).

I hope it is true that every little thing helps because it really is a little in this vast consumer land.

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