Laura Brennan

Some ideas stick. This one came to me in the supermarket as I wrestled armfuls of apples and onions onto the weighing scales, repeating “no plastic, no plastic” and hunting for a space on my shopping list to stick the price stickers.

The line grew behind me as the shop assistant asked, “Saving the environment ma’am?” in a voice that said both “well done” and “I really wish you wouldn’t”.

A solution is only a solution if it works for everyone and simply refusing a plastic bag clearly didn’t in this case. And so came the idea – a reusable produce bag that you can stick the sticker on.

So simple. So good. So exciting. Visit the shop to get yours.

I’ve been a journalist for nearly 20 years. My day, and sometimes night, job is being a TV news presenter on Al Jazeera English. The rest of the time my husband and I try to keep a chaotic house full of young kids and rescued pets in order.

When I can, I’m writing here at EcoSouk. It’s a quieter sort of journalism than 24-hour television news. It’s local issues with local people often having a positive impact. So many people are doing inspiring things in Qatar. It’s uplifting to meet them and share their stories and I hope they inspire you too.

And I love hearing from you, so drop me a line if you have a story you want me to tell, or just want to say hi and be part of a growing community of people living lightly in Qatar.