Plastic prefects

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 June, 2009, 12:00am

Recently, three shops of the Dairy Farm Group - 7-Eleven, Mannings and Wellcome - launched a scheme aimed at recruiting primary students to be Little Green Ambassadors.

The ambassadors' job is to encourage their parents and friends to use eco-friendly bags instead of plastic in order to protect the environment. The idea is to inspire other primary school students to follow their lead and persuade their families, too.

I think this is a very good scheme because it can help spread the message of environmental conservation. It's important that we stop damaging the Earth.

We all know global warming is getting worse and threatening our lives. The situation will only improve if we stop threatening the Earth's survival.

To support this meaningful scheme, I will try my best to use eco-friendly bags whenever I go shopping. I will urge my family members to do so, too.

Suki Wong Cheuk-nam, Our Lady of the Rosary College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Suki. Every little bit helps. Although plastic bags have been getting a lot of the blame for environmental problems lately, we often forget that it is plastic in general that is the issue.

To this end, it might help the environment even more if shops in Hong Kong stopped giving away useless plastic toys with their purchases. These items that cause a momentary 'oohhh cute' from youngsters, who might try to collect the whole range, serve no purpose whatsoever except to attract customers back to that shop.

We as consumers need to stop allowing ourselves to be manipulated into wanting things which will just generate more plastic rubbish for the world to deal with.

Susan, Editor