New Zealand becomes the first country to ban plastic product bags
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New Zealand has become the first country to ban plastic produce bags in supermarkets.
An Overview of the News
New Zealand has banned the thin plastic bags commonly used in supermarkets for the collection of fruit and vegetables.
Plastic straws and silverware are also included in the ban as part of the government's campaign against single-use plastics.
The ban bans the manufacture, sale and distribution of single-use plastic product bags, plastic plates, bowls and cutlery.
Some establishments, such as supermarkets, pharmacies, hospitality venues and health and disability services, are exempt and can still sell and provide plastic straws to people with disabilities.
Since the 2019 ban on take-home plastic bags, customers in New Zealand have been using reusable tote bags for their shopping.
About New Zealand
Capital - Wellington
Emperor - Charles III
Governor General - Cindy Kiro
Prime Minister - Chris Hipkins
Currency - New Zealand Dollar
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