If there is no substitute, the ban on plastic bags

2022-08-09
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Expert: if there is no substitute, the ban on plastic bags may become a dead letter

whether you are used to it or not, since June 1 this year, shopping malls will no longer provide free plastic bags. Previously, Dong Jinshi, vice president of the plastic recycling Professional Committee of the China Plastics Association, said in an interview with the media: in the vision of building an energy-saving and environmental friendly society, we need to examine the living habits of the original simple operation and improve them

some experts believe that this ban is actually challenging people's living habits, and it can't be without resistance. In December, 2007, a hearing in Renmin University of China actually simulated the social response to the ban

with the help of China Environmental Protection Foundation, the environmental Youth Volunteer Association of Renmin University of China wants to do an activity to cancel free plastic bags in supermarkets throughout the school. If you want plastic bags for shopping, you need to pay 10 cents. In response, members of the association held an on-site hearing on the campus and set up a column on the campus BBS to solicit everyone's opinions on the paid use of plastic bags. As a result, to the surprise of the organizers, most students expressed their opposition or reservations about whether the upper and lower limits were more appropriate. Everyone said that the supermarket was suspected of charging twice and increasing the burden on students, and others believed that this was the unreasonable profit of the supermarket

In an interview, Li Kai, the planner of this event, said that if there was no economic cost, it would be difficult for him not to consciously use plastic bags

it is estimated that China consumes about 50billion plastic bags every year. In order to make such a huge number decline, experts believe that curbing consumption is only one of the alternative ways, and the fundamental way out is to find alternatives to traditional plastics as soon as possible

a few years ago, the state also issued a document to prohibit restaurants from using disposable plastic lunch boxes, but today, disposable plastic lunch boxes are still popular in some areas, the most important reason is that there has been no very suitable alternative products. At the beginning, some regions used foreign restaurants for reference and promoted paper lunch boxes as substitutes, but people soon found that such products were not suitable for Chinese restaurants. Most Chinese food was greasy with soup and water. Before paper lunch boxes arrived at home, vegetable soup and oil leaked everywhere. To promote paper lunch boxes, we must have excellent leak proof technology, but leak proof technology also increased the cost of lunch boxes. After that, many regions have successively promoted degradable lunch boxes made of various materials. A considerable part of them failed to win the market due to the problems of technology and cost. Even some lunch boxes are not only not completely degradable, but also fragile, making it more difficult to recycle than traditional plastic products

the expert said with concern that the ban on plastic bags may become a dead letter in a period of time without a better alternative product that can transmit, process and comprehensively manage experimental data

in the interview, the person in charge of a plastic bag production enterprise in Haidian, Beijing, said that it is certainly unrealistic for plastic bags to be delisted. The government department is just talking about it. When the wind is not tight, it has to be used. Another person in charge of a Beijing enterprise told that at present, the cost of alternative products is high, and consumers will also use plastic bags

Xia Youfu, an expert in the field of environmental economics, believes that the implementation of the ban on plastic bags basically requires the state to support relevant industries and develop degradable environmental protection products in 2012. Executable economic policies include financial subsidies for enterprise R & D or tax relief. The ban on plastic bags should not increase the burden on consumers

a person in charge surnamed Ma of China Plastic Products Association said that the ban on plastic bags is actually more important to educate the public and improve public awareness of environmental protection. Charging is only a means to encourage everyone to reduce or reuse plastic products, but it will certainly have a certain impact on the production and sales of enterprises, promote the development of biodegradable and other new products in the plastic products industry, and promote industrial upgrading

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