09 January 2008

china plans plastic bag ban

Even though this ban isn't scheduled to take effect until June of this year, I'm thrilled that the Beijing Summer Olympics have caused China to look at it's various pollution issues under the scrutinizing lens of the rest of the world. Being the world's most populous country, I think that this move on China's part can only mean good things for the rest of the world, and I hope that other influential countries (ahem, the United States) will soon follow suit.

The story mentions encouraging consumers to 'return to carrying cloth bags' which I think is such a strong statement if only because it's too easy to forget that these plastic bags didn't always exist to carry our groceries and other goods in, and that they do overall more harm than good. And now, between all of the cute canvas totes, baskets, and recycled bags available (check out links to the right), it's all too easy, and fashionable, to avoid them and even paper bags altogether. Refuse a plastic bag when you can easily carry something to your car, or put it in your handbag. Encourage your friends and family to do the same (I certainly do!).

See the full A.P. story on China's plastic bag ban here.

1 comment:

Aja Tahari Marsh said...

A related news brief from Toronto.

Chinese Plastic Bag Ban Makes Toronto Think
Jan, 08 2008 - 5:20 PM

TORONTO/AM640 TORONTO - This may be a first, but China has taken the lead on a major environmental initiative.
The Chinese government has announced that as of June 1st, the production and distribution of plastic shopping bags will be banned in an effort to save oil and combat trash.

City of Toronto officials believe it's time to provide a dis-incentive on the use of the bags in this city, as well.

Works Chair Glenn Debaermaker tells AM640 Toronto Radio that they're not considering an outright ban, but a small tax could be enought to dissuade people from using the bags.

Premier Dalton McGuinty says a similar ban won't be imposed here, but he does say China's move is a reminder to the west to "re-think" dependency on the bags.


- AM640 Toronto 24 Hour Newscentre

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