Friday, November 6, 2009
Sachet water is a popular way to purchase water in Ghana, Africa (as well as other places in the world). It is a business for people to go around selling individually for as little as 5 pesewas (about 2 US cents). The companies who make and distribute these bags have interesting names like Girls Girls Water and pictured above Skywalker. The issue of what to do with the sachets is an issue. Many of them end up on the street littering the ground. In some places, the idea of items made from something other than naturally available, local materials is something new. It is cultural norm to throw toss these traditional items away on the floor, because their material and manufacture is not much of an issue for the environment. Plastic represents a material that doesn't behave in a way that culture has adapted to.