>Italy has, as of January 1, banned marketing use of plastic shopping bags by all retailers. Stores may give out the plastic bags they have in stock (they may be out by now.) Biodegradable bio-plastic is still permitted, and supermarkets will be switching over to them in the next weeks. Store owners report that before the new year they were already seeing more customers bringing their own re-usable cloth bags to the check-out counter.
Na, Austria? To their credit, some businesses here have taken steps toward reducing plastic bag waste — my Interspar also offers “plastic” bags made of potato starch, which don’t last forever but long enough to be re-used once or twice. And general environmental awareness (plus the extra 30 cents to buy a bag) has convinced many people to bring their own. But so far I haven’t heard any talk of following Italy’s lead.
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