China Bans Plastic Shopping Bags- Emma Graham-Harrison and Guo Shipeng

517675598_1a327e3889.jpgIn a shocker of a policy announcement, Chinese leaders have proclaimed free provision of plastic shopping bags will be banned in throughout the country by June 1 of this year. Via the Toronto Star:

China uses too many of the bags and fails to dispose of them properly, wasting valuable and littering the country, China’s cabinet, the State Council, said in a notice.

“Our country consumes huge amounts of plastic bags every year. While providing convenience to consumers, they have also caused serious , and waste of energy and resources, because of excessive use and inadequate recycling,” it said. [Full Text]

See also Megan Lane’s interesting editorial from last November, “In Defense of Plastic Bags” for the BBC, which, among other arguments, points out that plastic bags are easily re-usable (a common tradition in China.)

[Image: Plastic bags in use at a vegetable market in Shanghai, by Crazy Vida via Flickr]

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