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Oct 5, 2008

Sendai Garbage and Flying Hair

Wow, where did the week go? I thought I would get at least one post in between shadow shots, but here it is Sunday already!

The Sendai Mayor decided that we need to reduce the city's trash output, so he changed the type of garbage bags we use and raised the prices on the garbage bags as well. What's the connection? Hmmm .... I am not sure yet. In order to use all my old garbage bags, I am double bagging the trash. Old bag is covered by new bag, so there is no reduction in waste or eco-friendliness yet. The City ordinances are stricter now: your trash will not be picked up if it is not in the city-designated bag. It costs about $3.80 USD for 10 official bags.

I have tried to reduce the plastic and paper that I receive from shopping. If I buy something, it is usually wrapped three times! For example, if I buy a take-out lunch, it is put in a plastic container and wrapped with saran wrap and then wrapped in paper and then put in a plastic bag. It is the custom to wrap everything at least twice. In the coming weeks I will try to bag my own lunch rather than buy it. That will be more eco-friendly and keep my wallet fatter. I try to carry my own shopping bag and ask to have it without the extra wrappings.
flying hair

When I was in California recently, my sister took me and my Mother up to see my father's grave in Santa Nella. The area is beautiful. There is a lookout point that towers over the cemetary. It was pleasantly windy up there. My Sis shot my hair while it was trying to fly away.
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18 comments:

Erin, maker of chimes said...

That's quite an interesting approach to reducing the trash. I guess he's thinking if bags cost that much people won't want to use many of them!? Hopefully people won't start dumping on the sides of the roads in protest!

High Desert Diva said...

Love the hair shot!

Hey Harriet said...

That's a great fly-away hair shot! Such a fun photo! I love your description of it being 'pleasantly' windy. It looks almost cyclonic to me! I was interested to read about waste reduction in your part of the world. A few of the larger chain stores over here have started charging for plastic bags. The supermakets haven't started yet but I'm sure they will soon enough. I agree it's difficult to avoid all the plastic when people insist on wrapping things with mountains of the stuff. I like your idea of taking your own lunch to work. And the fatter wallet sounds like a good bonus :)

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

What a great shot - looks like you were having fun!
Karla & Karrie

Sweet Repose said...

Is that what they mean when they say an 'updo'??? Cute shot.

sharon

Lily Hydrangea said...

great capture!

Sandra Ree said...

lol Sharon!

Love this shot! Good for you! :D

Paz said...

Great shadow shot. Very windy! Good luck with reduced garbage.

Paz

Gina said...

Great hair do!! Yes packaging can be so overdone..our supermarkets here can be the worst culprits.. :D

Rosebud Collection said...

Oh, I love it..How beautiful it looks blowing in the wind..What a great picture.

Lisa B. said...

Too funny!! What a great shot!

Lisa B. said...

Too funny!! What a great shot!

Greyscale Territory said...

Love that sweep of hair! It seems to have a mind of its own! great pic!

Ali said...

Another great shot Juana!

Gallery Juana said...

erin, I am wondering about the possiblity of people dumping too.

hey harriet, that is a great idea stores to charge for plastic bags.

Glad everyone enjoyed my hairstyle:)

Chris Stone said...

Fun picture of your hair! Interesting about the packaging... and I thought the U.S. was the worst!

MaryMarsh said...

Great blog! Love the photo! :)

Lemon Shortbread said...

3.80 for 10 bags! That's insane. But a darn effective way of reducing trash! I think it's almost impossible for people to accept this policy if it's implemented here (Singapore) because very few people cultivate the habit of reduce, recycling... and it doesn't help that we are one of the biggest throwers of used plastics in the world. And thankies, I've added your blog too =)

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