ICIS co-blogger Paul Hodges of the Chemicals & The Economy blog reported about this article from China Daily stating that after a year of plastic bag ban in China (which started on June 1, 2008), supermarkets cut their plastic bag use by 66%.
Statistics from China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) showed that the 106 outlets of Wal-Mart China had reduced plastic bag usage by 80% in the past year.
This could be a good PR weapon for plastic bag ban advocates here in the US. Some of the cities here in the US considering plastic bag ban or taxing plastic bags include Palo Alto, California; New York City; and Seattle. The states of Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Texas and Virginia are also mulling on possible ban or tax.
Outside the US, even the Sultanate of Oman*; governments* of Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya; and the United Arab Emirates have certain regulations banning the production, trade and use of plastic polyethylene shopping bags with a thickness of less than 30 microns.
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