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Rappler's latest stories on plastic bags


Thai retailers ban single-use plastic bags

Jan 03, 2020 - 8:12 AM

Several mall operators and convenience stores in Thailand ban single-use plastic bags and will instead see customers paying a small fee for a reusable bag made of a cloth-like fabric

Employees carry banners informing customers about the ban on free single-use plastic bags at a shopping mall in downtown Bangkok on January 2, 2020. Thai retailers kicked off 2020 with a ban on free plastic bags to customers, as an environment group on January 2 said the move would merely act as a temporary salve to Thailand's "throw-away culture" and plastic crisis. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Japan retailers to charge for plastic bags from 2020

Nov 01, 2019 - 8:08 PM

The move brings Japan in line with many other countries that have already adopted the environmentally friendly measure, but it will only come into effect in July 2020

[OPINION] Paper vs plastic: The right choice might not be what you think

Jun 20, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Could plastic bags actually be better for the environment than paper ones?

Afghan boy who wore plastic bag jersey meets idol Messi

Dec 14, 2016 - 12:31 PM

Six year old Murtaza Ahmadi gets his dream come true after meeting Lionel Messi

Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi poses for a picture with the FC Barcelona team, including his idol Lionel Messi, on the pitch before the start of a friendly football match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC on December 13, 2016 in the Qatari capital Doha. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

Pinoy teen wins bronze in international science fair

Sep 23, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Ahmet Hataman a 15 year old student wins bronze in an international science fair for his project entitled Feasibility Study of Using Nata de Coco as Material For Biodegradable Plastic

SMART KIDS. Ahmed Hataman and Göktürk Karabulut present their project 'Biodegradable Multipurpose Plastic Made from Nata de Coco' to the Management Association of the Philippines. File photo from the Fountain International School Facebook page

What to make of Quezon City's supposedly 'green' policies?

Nov 21, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Quezon City prides itself in being a green city but some of its policies especially those related to garbage management come across as half baked

Quezon City plastic bag fee to go to 'green' projects

Nov 14, 2014 - 3:36 PM

But environmentalists say it's a greenwashing scheme that will only perpetuate the use of plastic bags which pollute water bodies and contribute to flooding in the metro

Meet the lawyer who wants you to pay for plastic bags

Sep 18, 2014 - 5:57 PM

In January 2013 Tiza Mafira created an online petition to get Indonesian retailers and supermarkets to stop giving away plastic bags for free She got so much more than just signatures

Tiza Mafira explaining her #Pay4Plastic petition on at @atamericain May 2013. Photo courtesy of the Diet Kantong Plastik Facebook page

California to be first US state to ban plastic bags

Sep 05, 2014 - 2:37 PM

Lawmakers passed the bill late last Friday and it now only requires Brown s signature to pass into law The governor must do so before the end of September

PLASTIC BAG BAN. California may ban the use of plastic bags in favor of reusable or paper bags.

Are paper bags really better for the planet?

Aug 22, 2014 - 11:24 AM

The use of disposable shopping bags, whether made of paper or plastic, comes with pros and cons for the environment

Plastic bags most common trash in Manila Bay – groups

Jul 05, 2014 - 9:30 AM

Going through more than 1,500 liters of trash from the bay, green groups find that more than half the trash are plastic