This effort is considered to be a revolution in market bags. Over the last several years, Big C and Citimart have used both paper and plastic bags, but customers seem to favor plastic bags. Metro sells re-useable bags (at least 6000 dong/bag), which are not favored by many customers. Maximark Cong Hoa supermarkets in HCMCity have been using self-disintegrating plastic bags for the last two years, but its director, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, admits that she is not sure whether or not these bags are really safe for the environment. Duong Thi Quynh Trang, Big C PR manager, noted that Big C offers both self-disintegrating plastic bags and reusable bags. Big C is seeking a source to supply environmentally-friendly bags based on three criteria: non-polluting, low-cost and sufficient supply. Using plastic bags is a habit of most housewives in Vietnam. Each time they go to the market, they return home with at least ten plastic bags. Sellers give them plastic bags for whatever they buy, like … [Read more...] about Supermarkets carry out “revolution” with paper bags
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Stepping out of the Metro Cash&Carry Viet Nam in Hoang Mai District, Ha Noi, Nguyen Thu Trang juggles the dozens of items she bought, confused as to why the supermarket wouldn't give her any plastic bags. "It's really uncomfortable," she says, trying not to drop her purchases. But the company hadn't just run out of plastic bags, nor were they just being cheap. Since the end of last year, all Metro Cash&Carry Viet Nam supermarkets stopped supplying plastic bags to protect the environment. If customers want bags they can buy reusable bags at VND6,000 (US$0.4) each. Metro Cash&Carry Viet Nam is one of few chains in the country taking action to limit plastic bag usage, as most of shops and stores around don't even understand why a customer wouldn't want the convenience of carrying their items in a bag. "I haven't brought hand baskets along to the market for long while because everything I buy such as vegetables, meat and clothes are all handed over in plastic bags," noted … [Read more...] about Cutting down on dirty plastic bags
Fifty tons of plastic bags are thrown away every day in the southern hub. A lack of recycling plants coupled with a penchant for littering could soon have local residents swimming in plastic. Vegetable sellers on the 19th of May Bridge in Ho Chi Minh Cityâ€™s Binh Tan District, where littered plastic bags suffocate the canal below. … [Read more...] about Plastic bags choking Ho Chi Minh City
Your Say (03-04-2009) Taxing plastic bags may help to make VN cleaner, greener Last week, we asked readers if a tax on the use of nylon bags should be imposed or if production on nylon bags banned. These are some of the answers we received. Nguyen Thien Bao, HCM City Stop using plastic bags! Act now, and don't wait until these bags destroy our planet! I totally agree on this subject and would welcome a tax on both producers and consumers. Producers are aware of the dangers of such plastic items, but they ignore it because of their very high profits. It's happened long enough, and they must now take responsibility and contribute efforts to keep our planet clean. The more they produce plastic bags, the more gasoline is consumed. … [Read more...] about Taxing plastic bags may help to make VN cleaner, greener
In a celebratory statement welcoming the news, Mali’s environment ministry described plastic bags as a “disastrous scourge” and “a menace to public health”. As in Bangladesh, which became the first country in the world to outlaw polythene bags in 2002, Malian authorities say discarded bags block drainage systems, in turn causing aggravated flooding in urban areas.They also pose a dangerous risk to animals such as sea turtles, which are known to consume plastic bags (because they are thought to look like jellyfish) and subsequently die. In the United Arab Emirates, camels were used to highlight the danger of plastic bags to animals after the skeletal remains of a camel were found surrounding a giant ball of polythene, lying intact in what would have been the animal’s stomach.Authorities said that around half of the country’s camels were dying from starvation caused by plastic consumption. Today, only oxo-biodegradable plastics, which decompose … [Read more...] about Could 2013 spell the end for plastic bags?