Hi everyone! I have not blogged in a few years, but I hope you all find this article interesting.
In June this year, China will implement a ban on thin (less than 0.025 mm) plastic bags. This measure will reduce the amount of waste and resources used. They are allowing consumers to use “sturdy” plastic bags and cloth bags, and the citizens in China are happy to do so. Similarly, San Francisco has also banned petroleum-based plastic bags in grocery stores. About 5 other countries are making efforts to reduce the amount of plastic bags used.
Currently, the US throws out almost 100 billion plastic bags every year. Most of these bags probably go to landfills so a policy like this one would have huge effects for the US. China is making a great effort and the US should implement this kind of policy too. The policy sounds abrupt and forceful, but this is the kind of action the US government needs to take to make improvements and the US looks like it is already falling further behind.
Do you think this policy will work in the US too?