“Use Me” Filipina Schoolgirl Bag

BradleyCool Stuff, Life in the Philippines8 Comments

When my wife and I were having dinner on the second floor of a restaurant I looked down at the street below and noticed a girl in a school uniform carrying a bag that boldly said “Use Me”.  That’s not something you see every day, so I tried my best to get a decent photo of it, but we were a good distance away and there was a scaffolding in the way too.

Thinking about it later, I figured the slogan had something to do with the bag itself, rather than a fashion or lifestyle statement.  The Philippines is pretty clogged with garbage, especially in the Manila area.  The massive failure of the drainage system and flooding during the Ondoy hurricane last year is evidence enough of that.  Personally, I’m getting tired of sweeping up garbage that regularly clogs the drainage opening that happens to be along the curb in front of my in-law’s house.  It seems like most people that live in this area have no regard for where they dump their trash, or what impact it will have on their environment.  The loss of life and property during the Ondoy tragedy apparently wasn’t lesson enough for people here to realize they need to change the way they behave.

Despite the massive hurdles in overcoming this common mentality, some groups are trying to make changes, one of which is an initiative to encourage bringing your own reusable bag to the grocery store.  The main franchised grocery store in Antipolo is selling reusable woven bags that seem decent.  I have a feeling that part of that is in the interests of maximizing profit, since they wouldn’t have to provide plastic bags if everyone used reusable bags, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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Later, when I looked at the photo on my laptop and zoomed way in I could see that my guess had been right.  The bag had a large, stylized ‘RE’ above the bolded words ‘Use Me’ that we weren’t able to see from the 2nd floor with just our eyes.  So I guess it’s a reusable bag that’s meant to seem edgy.

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Brad F.
I don't really recall seeing that while I was there, though I'm sure it's the case. Singapore is all about keeping things clean and tidy and there are lots of groups there involved in 'green' initiatives. My wife and I participated in an event on Pulau Ubin called Run350 that was supposed to raise awareness about deforestation I think it was? I wrote about the event actually. They also had a tree planting event on Pulau Ubin on the 24th. The bags here in our area cost the equivalent of about 3 SGD. Kinda pricey when you consider the average… Read more »
Brad F.
I don't really recall seeing that while I was there, though I'm sure it's the case. Singapore is all about keeping things clean and tidy and there are lots of groups there involved in 'green' initiatives. My wife and I participated in an event on Pulau Ubin called Run350 that was supposed to raise awareness about deforestation I think it was? I wrote about the event actually. They also had a tree planting event on Pulau Ubin on the 24th. The bags here in our area cost the equivalent of about 3 SGD. Kinda pricey when you consider the average… Read more »
Blackswan

In Singapore, more & more places especially supermarkets are encouraging people to buy reusable bags which cost just a dollar each instead of using the usual plastic bags. I think it's good initiative to try & promote recycling. Kinda like the bag in the pix.

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Brad F.

Old people must be thinking that they don't care, because they'll be dead before the issue becomes serious. They don't care about the rest of the people who come after them.

Brad F.

Ya, it's on there pretty light. I thinks he chose it because of that, to get attention. I imagine that with them all having to wear the same uniform they have to get creative to try to stand out.

floatingcamera

Hehe yeah at first look I saw use me, squinted a bit then saw the RE. Good thing too. Since she is way to young to be wearing clothes that say USE ME hehe.

RONW808

didn't see that “RE,” myself.

Margee

yeah the trash problem is a perpetual issue here. it appalls me sometimes when im in front of a sari sari and an elderly woman drinking soda from those plastic bags with a straw in it would unashamedly just chuck it by the side of the road. makes me want to pick it up and shove it up her wrinkled ass.

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