The cost of small things

Last week, we made four circuits round a particular block in Phuket Town trying to find parking so that we can buy ribbons. Think about the hydrocarbons burned in our quest to buy those pretty things.

Moreover, those pretty things, if you think about it, are synthetic materials (polyester, nylon, and polypropylene) and harsh dyes. There is nothing natural or organic about those ribbons at all – they cost a mere THB50 per roll, so chances are that they were manufactured in some sweat shop with slave labour.

But we need those ribbons!

Do we, actually?

I managed to salvage these from old clothes that are headed for the recycling bin. And these “ribbons” are much prettier, if you ask me. I wish I had thought about that sooner.

The thing to do is to get into the repurposing mindset and delete the word “BUY, BUY, BUY” from our modern psyche. 

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How green can you go?

A couple of days ago, we went on an eventful trip to Phuket Town to look for eco-packaging for Jane’s biscuits (her contribution to the Ride 4 Kids bake sale).

Our destination (after a loooong stopover in Boat Lagoon for a spot of clothes shopping) was Gerbera House right in the middle of Phuket Town. This old-fashioned shophouse, spread over two higgledy-piggledy floors, is a proverbial treasure trove of baking stuff. You could literally find anything here.

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And as with everything in our society today, plastic is always the cheap and convenient option…..hmmph!

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Our preferred choice wasn’t so available: we couldn’t find simple brown paper bags of the right size. So should we buy doilies and wrap the cookies in them, and tied with ribbons?

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As we were in the shop debating our options, the friendly traffic police clamped us!!!!! Apparently, even if you are legitimately parked (i.e. in a parking bay on the right side of the road), it is a clamp-able offence if your car is facing the wrong way!!!

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Well, we certainly didn’t run into this happy chappie (shown on the right), reported in Phuket News 😦

So off to the police station on the tuk-tuk to pay the THB500 fine, back to the car via motorbike taxi this time, before rushing back to school!

Yes, it does sound like a palaver, but we had a fun day out, learned something new and had a good time overall.  And really, this is what we are trying to promote with Simple Green Planet: the little things you do everyday that slowly moves you towards a different – and more green – way of thinking.

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*NOTE: Nikki came with us and she survived 😀