China Bans Free Plastic Bags
"If we can reduce waste and save resources, then it's good both for us and the whole world."
- Xu Lixian, college student /shopper
Beijing, China - Declaring war on the "white pollution" choking its cities, farms, and waterways, China is banning free plastic shopping bags and calling for a return to the cloth bags of old—steps largely welcomed by merchants and shoppers on Wednesday.
The measure eliminates the flimsiest bags and forces stores to charge for others, making China the latest nation to target plastic bags in a bid to cut waste and conserve resources.