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China bans free plastic bags

January 10 2008 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim

lead·er·ship [lee-der-ship] – noun
1. the position or function of a leader: He managed to maintain his leadership of the party despite heavy opposition.
2. ability to lead: She displayed leadership potential.
3. an act or instance of leading; guidance; direction: They prospered under his leadership.
4. the leaders of a group: The union leadership agreed to arbitrate.

I love leadership. When someone or some entity shows that they can make decisions that are better for the long term than (what others may feel are good for) the short term.

The State Council, China’s Cabinet, has ruled that on June 1 shops will be banned from handing out free bags, citing the environmental damage that they cause. It said: “Plastic shopping bags, due to reasons such as excessive use and inefficient recycling, have caused serious waste of energy and resources and environmental pollution.”

Kudos to China and for the many cities and municipalities that are taking steps to decrease use of single use plastics.

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