Whenever Lau Shu Ping goes to the wet market, she carries reusable containers and cloth bags in her 15-year-old rattan basket. The vegetarian declines to use plastic bags and gets traders to store vegetables and fruits in her containers.
“I always bring my grandmother’s 60-year-old tiffin carrier whenever I want to pack food. I can put all sorts of cooked food items, vegetables and dried fruits in the tiffin. It’s handy and it brings back fond memories of my grandmother, ” says Lau, 36, who also packs durian in a thick cloth or gunny sack, just like how her grandma used to.