China Bans Flimsy Plastic Shopping Bags

The AP says that China has banned thin flimsy shopping bags:

The measure, effective June 1, eliminates the flimsiest bags and forces stores to charge for more durable bags, making China the latest nation to target plastic bags in a bid to cut waste and conserve resources.

Beijing residents appeared to take the ban in stride, reflecting rising environmental consciousness and concern over rocketing oil prices.

“If we can reduce waste and save resources, then it’s good both for us and the whole world,” said college student Xu Lixian, who was buying tangerines out of cardboard boxes at a sidewalk stall.

The new rules prohibit businesses from manufacturing, selling or using bags less than 0.025 millimeters. More durable reusable bags are allowed and can be sold to consumers.

Using reusable bags is a good idea. Banning them. Um. Not really our thing.

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Shoppers: It’s BYO as China bans plastic bags
[USAToday] (Thanks, Rob!)

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