Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Changing Face of Shopping Bags in Ethiopia

This is an opinion piece from Ethiopia on the potential ban there. The writer makes some good points, namely that there needs to be a public education campaign to accompany any ban. But the piece quotes a New Scientist article that I have a big problem with (couldn't find the original link): "As greenhouse gas emission rise to the top of the environment agenda, plastic begins to look even better, as anything that reduces total energy demands has to be progress." This is, once again, not seeing the forest for the trees.

Ethiopia: Outlawing Plastic Bags; Will That Take Shopping Backwards?

April 25, 2007
B. Mezgebu, The Daily Monitor via AllAfrica.com, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Before its collapse in Europe, socialism had made it almost fashionable and it must be said essential, for people in those countries to carry shopping bags wherever and whenever they went outside their homes. The logic being that someone might stumble on some critically scarce consumer good on their daily errands...

2 comments:

Krishan said...

i have a suggestion like all shop keepers should have cloth bags and they can charge Rs 10 or more for each bag they give to their customer... by this for each next shopping every customer brings their own cloth bag... so the origin of platis bag means all shops can help to reduce the plastic dump... if any shopkeeper gives plastic bag and caught then he should be fined heavly say Rs 10000 or more.

China Goods News Blog Weekly said...

Good and beneficial ban. Nowadays the use of plastic bags is a global problem that people must face. Most China supermarkets no longer provide consumers with free plastic bags.