Chinese government will impose
limits on the use of plastic bags starting on June 1, as part of
its dual campaign to protect the environment and save energy.
|China thus joins
many governments that have moved to limit the manufacture, sale
and use of plastic bags, according to the circular, posted on
the central government's web site (www.gov.cn).
First, the General Office of the State Council ordered a ban on
the production, sale and use of ultra-thin bags (defined as less
than 0.025 mm thick) as of June 1.
Second, supermarkets and shops will be banned from giving free
plastic bags to customers as of that date.
Talk Back: Changing bags, changing attitudes
From June 1, all
shops and supermarkets will be banned from giving away free
UN hails China's plastic ban
chief Achim Steiner has praised a recent decision by the Chinese
government to impose limits on the use of plastic bags.
Eco-fashion looks to make shoppers green with envy
A decidedly non-bling canvas
carry-all last year became the unlikely choice of arm-candy for
a league of spoiled Hollywood celebrities fuelling the
phenomenon of the "It bag".
baskets popular in S China
shopping bags are most often made of polyethylene, (low-density or
high-density). They do not readily decompose in a sealed landfill and
represent a possible contaminant to plastic recycling operations.
First, Plastic bags are made of
petrochemicals, a nonrenewable resource.
Second, Plastic bags are flimsy and often do not stand up as well as paper
Third, Plastic shopping bags can be a hazard to wildlife when
Fourth, conventional plastic bags are not readily
biodegradable under any normal circumstance.
Fifth, plastic bags can cause unsupervised infants to suffocate.
Other governments' measures