RT-Mart to stop sale of plastic shopping bags, starting July 1

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/05/31
By: Chen Cheng-wei and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, May 31 (CNA) Hypermarket chain RT-Mart announced on Wednesday that as

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part of efforts to promote environmental protection, beginning on July 1, it will stop selling plastic shopping bags at its 22 stores around Taiwan.

It is estimated that the policy will prevent 7.3 million plastic bags from reaching the market each year, reducing carbon emissions by the equivalent of planting 34,000 trees a year, RT-Mart said.

In terms of carbon emissions reduction that is higher than the offset achieved by Da’an Forest Park in Taipei in one year, the company noted.

Kuo Chien-chi (郭建志), a publicist for the hypermarket chain, said the company calculated that people in Taiwan use and dispose of 18 billion plastic bags a year.

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