China's ban on plastic bags proves successful
Sparking a glimmer of hope, China’s ban on plastic bags, which is one year old, has already saved the equivalent of 1.6 million tonnes of oil, further proof that every small action can make a difference.
On June 1, 2008, in a bid to reduce ‘white pollution’ the Chinese government banned the production of ultra-thin bags under 0.025 mm. thick. Supermarkets were told to stop handing out free plastic bags and to encourage people to carry recyclable shopping bags. It led to the closure of the country’s biggest plastic bag manufacturer.
Although the ban is often disregarded at roadside stalls and small shops, one cannot deny that the move will go a long way in inculcating a sense of responsibility and environmental consciousness in the public mindset.