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.
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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