HCM City pushes for use of eco-friendly bags

eco-freindlyLast update 17:32 | 23/05/2017

HCM City has urged the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to strengthen promotion of eco-friendly plastic bag usage, to limit the impact of nylon bags on the environment.

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All supermarkets in HCM City have committed to using eco-friendly bags. Retailers and traders in traditional markets are being encouraged to commit to using eco-friendly plastic bags instead of nylon bags. 

Drastically limiting the use of plastic bags, which do not decompose, the city’s People’s Committee has also asked the ministry to study and issue regulations on the use of nylon bags at markets, trade centres, convenience stores and bookstores.

There should be a trademark for eco-friendly bags so that shoppers, retailers and organisations can recognise them easily, it said.

The city’s Department of Industry and Trade has been assigned the task of organising awareness programmes through the media on the environmental impact of plastic bags.

Additionally, retailers and traders in traditional markets are being encouraged to commit to using eco-friendly plastic instead of nylon bags.

The city’s Department of Taxation will be responsible for monitoring the collection and payment of environmental protection tax on plastic bags, which are commonly used in markets.

While some businesses have turned to eco-friendly plastic bags to supply to supermarkets and small traders, the production cost is high, so they are not widely used.

As per statistics from the ministry’s General Department of Environment, 38 enterprises across the country have been certified for producing eco-friendly plastic bags. All certified products are exempt from environmental protection tax.

Nguyen Thi Thanh, deputy director of the Environmental Protection Department, said the plan to restrict the use of plastic bags that harm the environment has been well-received by people and retail units.

All supermarkets in HCM City have committed to using eco-friendly bags. Since supermarkets made the switch, the number of plastic bags that impact the environment has reduced from 371 tonnes in 2013 to 80 tonnes in 2015.

According to experts, a nylon bag takes between 500 and 1,000 years to decompose. When they are being recycled, plastic bags emit toxic gases and wastes that directly affect the environment and health, they said.


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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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