Steel chairs and pollution control in India
January 29, 2017 9:44am CST
We get these chairs We can modify them by adding wheels to the four legs, and have an arrangement to hang, place, baskets and bags. It would then become easier to carry the bags as the trolley can be pushed on roads. If we can do that, may be we can a. Reduce usage of plastic bags; b. Recycle the existing plastics to form those baskets, and parts of the trolley; c. Make people exercise by going out for buying things instead of sending maids or watchmen to fetch them things. If people live in apartments, these trolleys can be maintained in some area on ground floor so that they just pick while going out, and only carry their bags to the lift or empty it all at the lift. Just a thought...since people are not leaving their plastic bags even when shopkeepers are charging for them.
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30 Jan 17
Aw...what a great thing...but it would prove too expensive for folks out here...I think..we need something affordable, we needs something that can move, and we need something can be easy to shop in ..and now that you show may be washable as well. :)
• United States
29 Jan 17
That sounds reasonable, but who is willing to do this? For $25 at Wal Mart I purchased a folding rolling cart that can hold lots of purchases, or loads of laundry, or it could hold my hubby's items that he carries to clean up cars. Unfortunately there is no place close by to shop. I did use it when I needed to take something a few blocks over to our church one day.
29 Jan 17
In India, we have plenty of shops at walking distance. Most people go directly to shops, pick things and then carry them back in carry bags. They don't bother carrying jute bags, or anything with them. Another way to popularize could be to make jute bags trendy in appearance and all film actors and fashionable people could be offered something to be seen carrying them.
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29 Jan 17
@vandana7 Looks too open to carry a basket properly. And the roads.... Here people would do hara-kiri before being seen riding a bike (bicycle), and you want them to roam around with their things in basket chairs! If your idea is implemented, it would be maids and servants, and watchmen, obliging for the exercise part (point C)....
1 Feb 17
We have shopping area at walking distance. My nearest grocery shop would be about 500 steps from the gate of our building (I counted it). Now that is not very far. But most people send the watchman, or their maid to fetch them things. Only some money is handed over. The guy returns with a plastic bag dangling in his hand. That is what prompted this thought.
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Feb 17
@vandana7 Were you able to count the steps the first time you wanted to? I only ask because I have tried to count steps somewhere and kept getting distracted and would lose count. It took about four times before I was able to count them all.
30 Jan 17
Indians simply can't be bothered to remember picking bags. I remember when I was young ..before the plastic bag era...there were bags that used to be hung behind the doors and many would be made from old clothes. Now, we have better and more stylish bags. But still people want plastics. The shopkeeper charges 4 rupees for each bag!
1 Feb 17
Out here, there are two reasons people still prefer plastics, even though they cost 4 rupees. One is..the charge is not much. So people can happily use them for storing the vegetables directly in the crisper. Secondly, once it comes out from crisper, it can be used in dustbins for garbage collection. Effectively, it is used twice, or if you prefer to say thrice. But eventually that is going to pollute the environment alright.