Chennai Lifestyle Lounge

Reusable Cloth bags are back in vogue

I am not an environment freak like my son. I don’t avoid using plastics, responsible usage I should add. I feel plastics have been unfairly targetted by the millennials, the material has made a tremendous contribution to human life and comfort. The problem has been how we use it, what for, where and how we dispose of safely (still an unsolved problem for the scientists) it.

I have been inspired by my mother when it comes to reusing anything good including plastic bags (read this example). I have been trying to use biodegradable garbage bags.

I was missing the convenience of plastic bags was when it comes to ad-hoc unplanned shopping. After the plastics ban in my state of Tamil Nadu, I have started carrying with me and in my car, two sets of cloth bags. So, I was happy to see TEDxChennai 2019 give the famous “Manjappai” as part of their attendee kit.

The "Manjappai" (மஞ்சப்பை) meaning the "Yellow Bag" used to be common on our hands for shopping, was looked down as a cheap way of bagging (or indicating you are a village folk and not fitting with the city culture) when plastics bags came, now is back in full strength - and it's the new fashion statement in Chennai.
The “Manjappai” (மஞ்சப்பை) meaning the “Yellow Bag” used to be common on our hands for shopping, was looked down as a cheap way of bagging (or indicating you are a village folk and not fitting with the city culture) when plastics bags came, now is back in full strength – and it’s the new fashion statement in Chennai.

#tedxchennai #reduceplastic #reuse #clothbag #environment

1 Comment

  1. திரும்பி வந்துட்டேனு சொல்லு…. இந்த மஞ்சப்பை எப்படி போனேனோ அப்படியே திரும்பி வந்துட்டேன்னு சொல்லு!!!(Cliche ?? Never mind. )

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