China has never been considered an environmental role model. Given a population of 1.3 billion, unprecedented carbon emissions and a slew of recent lead-toy scandals, many would say the country stands as a if not the prime example of environmental failure.
Yet, in a bolt from the blue, it looks like the red has embraced green.
Yesterday, Chinas State Council put a nationwide ban on plastic bags. The cabinet has demanded all stores (from major supermarkets to small shops) go plastic bag-free after June 1.
According to the Daily Mail, China uses more plastic bags than any other country. China squanders 37 million barrels of crude oil on plastic bag production every year. The nationwide ban will no doubt help correct Chinas tarnished image, especially before the Beijing Olympic Games.
With nations from Ireland to Uganda and now China topping the bag-ban list, lets hope the United States will make moves to follow the trend.
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