An immediate ban on plastic bags is possible

April 21, 2022 | 6:42 p.m. PT

Plastic waste left near a manhole on Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street in Binh Thanh District in HCMC in 2018. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Nguyen

Readers applauded the decision to ban single-use plastic bags in shopping malls and supermarkets from 2026, but said it should be implemented sooner and in more places.

“I applaud this decision, but would like it to come into effect much sooner, say June 1, 2023. Consumers should be able to easily adapt to bringing their own bags. Every little bit of groceries has no no need for its own small bag. Eggs can be packed in recycled cardboard containers and fish and meat will have to find their own solutions.”

“Excellent. It was a step forward from Vietnam. I totally agree with the decision of the authorities. Humans must understand that they are equal to all other creatures on earth. They have the responsibility to protect the earth.”
Danh Bui

“Very well. Why not right away. It’s possible.”

“Please extend this to plastic boxes used by take-out restaurants. They can easily be converted into cardboard boxes and wooden forks etc.”

“Plastic isn’t just used in supermarkets and malls…all that single-use takeaway food packaging is also a big source of pollution. People bring food to a nice place and leave behind them heaps of garbage. If Vietnam wants to attract tourists, and they come to see all this mess that someone left behind – it ruins all the positive impressions. The plastic epidemic is much more durable than Covid. Plastic waste does not go away, overtime becomes microplastic pollution and up the food chain it will be consumed by humans and no one knows the health effects yet.”

“India bans single-use plastic from July 1 this year, in practice almost everyone stopped using it in major cities a few years ago when the government first threatened to ban it.”
Neel Kolhatkar

Bryce K. Locke