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 â€” if not the â€” prime example of environmental failure.
Yet, in a bolt from the blue, it looks like the red has embraced green.
Yesterday, Chinaâ€™s 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. Chinaâ€™s squanders 37 million barrels of crude oil on plastic bag production every year. The nationwide ban will no doubt help correct Chinaâ€™s tarnished image, especially before the Beijing Olympic Games.