Dear Supermarkets, Bayongs Are Eco-Bags Too

Save on plastics, use a bayong.

(SPOT.ph) We get it, living isn't easy, and trying to live zero-waste is even more of a challenge. With climate change on the rise though, each small step counts. The humble bayong is back en vogue for this reason exactly, but it looks like the plastic bag-alternative might be facing some obstacles. A recent Facebook post has been making the rounds online about an eco-conscious shopper whose bayong was barred from a mall's grocery. 

In the post, dated August 19, Mavic Basilia-Yee recounts how they've had to defend their use of the bayong and reusable ice cream containers each time they go grocery shopping at Robinsons Supermarket. Unfortunately, reporting it to Customer Service only led to the head of security telling them to leave their eco-friendly bayong at the baggage deposit area, to conform to company policy. It wasn't cited which one exactly.

"We ended up walking away and we looked for a smaller store that would help us stick to these really small lifestyle changes such as not using plastic bags when grocery shopping," said the disgruntled Basilia-Yee in her post. 

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We reached out to Robinsons Malls management regarding the incident, and they had this to say. "We are allowing the use of the bayong in all Robinsons Supermarket [branches]. Together with the customer, we are looking for ways to minimize single-use plastic in our stores," says Roseann Villegas, Corporate Public Relations Director for Robinsons Land Corporation, in an official statement given to SPOT.ph.

According to Villegas, the supermarket encourages customers to use tote bags [and eco-bags], and they use brown paper bags in instances when shoppers have none. Robinsons Easymart has also pushed for eco-friendly solutions to waste management: In 2017, they partnered with The Plastic Solution to create ecobricks, which are plastic bottles filled with non-biodegradable trash and are used as hollow-block substitutes. Here's hoping they'll start giving the bayong the respect it deserves, too.

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