australian chain reintroduces free plastic bags, bucking global trend
The use of plastic bags after customer complaints went against a global trend to reduce waste of plastic bags and sparked strong social media opposition to the company.
Two Woolworths and Coles, which hold a total of 61% of the Australian food market, have agreed to re-use plastic bags from July 1 this year in the country
Single Led banuse bags.
The customer spent 15 Australian cents in reusable bags (11 U. S. cents)
, More durable, designed to give people an alternative to being single
Use plastic bags.
However, many customers complained that they had to save up their money, which caused what some people called \"bag anger \".
The chain\'s reversal drew ridicule from Australians and others who accused the chain of a lack of backbone and suggested that the decision would adversely affect the environment.
Plastic bags are prohibited or restricted in more than 40 countries, except in most cases hospitals, medicines and other industries that may require plastic.
The president of the Australian Pacific Greenpeace attacked Coles\'s decision.
\"The decision is a complete mockery of Coles\'s claim that they want to reduce waste of plastic and is a betrayal of their millions of customers who want the supermarket to do the right thing and benefit minority vocal music \".
The dean said in a statement.
Each year, millions of tons of plastic waste will eventually flow into the sea, where, due to the effect of water flow, these plastic waste tend to be concentrated in the subtropical circulation area or the \"ocean garbage belt \".
This pollution is often absorbed by marine life and can enter the human food chain.
Organizations like ocean group are trying to clean up these junk patches
A non-profit organization involving engineers, researchers, scientists and modelers
Their goal is to cut the pacific garbage belt by half in five years.
Some countries have taken drastic measures to limit the use of plastic bags.
In Rwanda, it is illegal to import, produce, use or sell plastic bags and packaging equipment.
People who smuggle plastic bags into the country may be fined or face imprisonment, while business executives who produce plastic bags may be sentenced to one year in prison. Single-
Plastic bags are prohibited in all states and regions of Australia except Victoria and New South Wales.
Victoria plans to formally ban them by the end of 2019, but the New South Wales government has yet to act on the issue.