S. Korean gov’t seeks to ban use of plastic bags at supermarkets

By the end of this year, it’s likely that
supermarkets and bakeries in Korea will be banned from giving their customers one-time-use
plastic bags. The environment ministry will be submitting
a proposal to that effect in the next few days. It’s already against the law to give out plastic
bags of any kind for free, but this will ban them for one-time use entirely. Shoppers will still have the option of paying
for a bag that can be re-used at home for throwing out trash. Otherwise, they can pack their groceries in
the store’s empty cardboard boxes or take a paper bag. The Moon administration has stepped up its
campaign against plastic waste since China stopped importing other countries’ plastic
to be recycled.