Would you like Paper or Plastic bags? asked the grocery store clerk last year. From this year, my county adopted the greener environment program. The ban of plastic bags are in effect. People are encouraged to bring their own bags whether you want to grab some fruits, a new pair of socks or even to pick up your prescription. Yes, the era of free plastic bags are slashed and replaced by a fee of 10 cents for paper bag and 15 cents for recycling bag. The first week of the year, I struggled to trail along my own bag everywhere, I felt embarrassed to pay 10 cents for paper bag and I was not alone. I noticed many where not prepared like me. First thing, I pulled out all my recycled bags which was collecting some dust in my garage, next invested in couple of new ones. Yes, I don't want to carry the same bag everywhere, cannot imagine my new shirt or socks picking up the spice or meat smell. Stored couple of them in both cars trunks now we are slowly adjusted without the plastic bags.
Did the plastic bags are really villain of the earth?
The environment specialists claim that they are finding a million of bags landing to the Bay every year, landfill and not to forget chocking animals.
Cleaning the landfill and Bay need a budget, hoping to save money from this program.
In my house, those plastic bags were used as liner in my small kitchen trash can, now I have to spend extra bucks to buy bags for my trash. No, I am not against the environment.
But I noticed they haven't banned those clear plastic bags in which you fill as much tomatoes, chilies, fruits, etc... One day , I envisage those clear bags will disappear too to adopt the zero waste program. Probably they may ask to bring your own container to the take out food, who knows? :)
Did your town opted the plastic ban if not today probably tomorrow it may reach you, so go green today!
Ok if not ready yet, how about going green with a plate full of bursting winter color? This quick pickling gives an extra kick to the mildly sweet radish, an extra crisp and color to your salad or even sandwich. Probably you may like again this puffy smell veggie in this way :)
Recipe of quick pickle adopted from here.
Ingredients:1 cup of thinly sliced watermelon radish
1 tsp of salt
3 tsp of sugar
3 tbsp of rice wine vinegar
MethodWash and peel the outer layer of watermelon radish. Slice thinly, mix with salt and keep aside.
Whisk the sugar and vinegar together and drizzle over the radish.
You can drain the extra vinegar mixture or leave it.
Let the flavor absorb and mingle for 30 min, serve over a salad
or use in your sandwich.
The leftover should be stored in glass container and use within
Wishing my readers a Happy Pongal!