Radical changes needed to tackle green issues
Wed, Feb 09, 2011 – By Leona Boey
LAST month, residents of a little island in the north took a brave leap into the future. As of Jan 1, plastic bags have been banned from all department stores and supermarkets in Penang, Malaysia. And for a year or so before that, there was a partial ban on plastic bags at supermarkets there. Shoppers were then either given cardboard boxes or expected to take along their own carriers from Mondays to Thursdays.
The total ban took courage and vision, and should make us sit up and take notice.
Sure, supermarkets here have been encouraging us to use our own bags for some time, but how many of us really do so?