Sunday, 6 September 2009

Do You BYOB?

BYOB or Bring Your Own Beer was a common thing back in my university days, but today it’s for something a little different…in this case, my BYOB refers to “Bring Your Own Bag”. While I was living in Perth, I used to have shopping bags that I stuffed into my sling bag when I went grocery shopping. Not only did those bags save a lot of trees, but they were a lot easier to carry as opposed to the usual plastic bags that cut into my hands when they got really heavy…especially when there was a long walk back!

At the time, this hadn’t really taken off but in recent months companies like Ikea have started encouraging people to bring their own bags by charging for their plastic bags. Of course, the prices aren’t unreasonable at just 10sen per bag, but it all adds up!

Undoubtedly I’m no longer in the same boat as I was in university with dedicated trips out for grocery shopping, but rather I usually stop by the local supermarket as and when I can or really need something. The eco-friendly shopping bags I used to carry in Perth weren’t exactly easy to slip into my (already packed!) handbag and more inadvertently got left in my car boot.

Thankfully, there are bags such as the RuMes (I have one from Tiny Tapir) that fold up real tiny but can still handle a hefty load. At the price (I think it was about RM38), it’s pretty good value for money since it’s built to last. However, I just came across a little gem at my local Popular bookstore above which falls into a sort of “dupe” category.

The little shopping bags above come in a variety of patterns and colours and…are you ready for this?...retail at a VERY pocket-friendly RM7.85!

One obvious difference is that the bag folds up and is stored in a separate snap-shut pouch with a clasp to hook onto your bag if you want to. Otherwise, there’s not too much difference between the two for a spot of grocery shopping. I haven’t tried stuffing a 10kg bag of rice into it yet, but it’s probably a matter of time…LOL…

What about you – Do you Bring Your Own Bag? And if you do, which kind do you use? :D

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At 8:41 pm, September 06, 2009 , Anonymous xin said...

O_o so cheap???? its like....1/4 the price of my RuMe....pls road test it and review :P see if it can hold the weight of...maybe just 5kg :D

At 6:43 am, September 07, 2009 , Anonymous Tine said...

For groceries, I use green bags by Coles or Safeway. For my other shopping, I either use Envirosax or reusable bags I bought from Borders (Paperchase). It's very similar to the one you have up there ;)

At 11:12 am, September 07, 2009 , Blogger akiki said...

i always byob.
those are the eco bags gotten free when shopping.
I am just so happy for refusing plastic bags

At 12:10 pm, September 07, 2009 , Anonymous Paris B said...

I use the Rume coz I like something that wraps up into itself without having to fiddle with another outer case. Knowing me, I'd lose it then the bag will be unraveled and I'd never carry it again LOL... Also, thus far, I've carried 4 bottles of 1.5L mineral water in a rume without problems though my shoulder felt like dying :)

At 1:15 pm, September 07, 2009 , Blogger Kahani said...

Ooh that sounds nice. How big are they? I have an RM5 daiso bag the size of a regular plastic bag that I love. Would like a backup in case it dies. The seperate pouch is annoying - although I like the clip. Would this be ikano's popular?

At 3:55 pm, September 07, 2009 , Blogger beetrice said...

xin: so far it's held a whole lot of stuff - the limit to date is about 8.5kg and still going strong! :D

tine: yeah, I like my RuMe as well, but this is a cheaper alternative - at least I won't be howling if these go missing..

akiki: good for you! :) we need more people to think like that!

parisb: hahaha...that's what the hook is for! :D I like that my RuMe comes with a velcro strap and they are good for lugging stuff, but it's always good to have an alternative right? :)

kahani: they're somewhere between a mini and medium RuMe's size..can fit two ring binders with some space to spare. :) I picked mine up from the 1U Popular, although I reckon the others would have them too..


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