In 2009, a group of us went to visit our friend in Andalucía, Spain, where he was working as a chef in a restaurant. On our first day there, we ran into a problem when we went to go buy some groceries at a local supermarket. None of the thin, plastic bags that we often used for our own shopping were anywhere to be found. We asked around, eventually learning that the local community had begun shunning the use of these plastic bags because of the large amounts of waste they caused. During our trip we saw just how widespread this movement had become, unlike the situation back home.
Two days later, we went into town one evening to enjoy a huge international festival that had the entire city celebrating.