Vietnam's plastics use in saddening pictures

18:26 | 04/09/2019
There is no denying that inexpensive plastics have made many aspects of food and water distribution much easier, however, emerging research and data from decades of increasing use of plastics suggest that people need to seriously re-evaluate their plastic usage.

It is easy to see that traditional markets are wallowing in an ocean of plastic bags and people seem to be still unaware of the environmental harm these cheap plastics wreak.

vietnams plastics use in saddening pictures
Using plastic bags to wrap food or fruit is a common habit everywhere
vietnams plastics use in saddening pictures
In the countryside or urban areas alike, both buyers and sellers at traditional markets use plastic bags
vietnams plastics use in saddening pictures
A street vendor selling plastic products in the Old Quarter of Hanoi (photo: TTXVN)
vietnams plastics use in saddening pictures
Vendors use plastic bags of all sizes to wrap or carry things
vietnams plastics use in saddening pictures
vietnams plastics use in saddening pictures
A sticky rice seller wrapping breakfast in plastic bags for customers to take away
vietnams plastics use in saddening pictures
A kilogramme of plastic bags can be bought for VND30,000-40,000 ($1.30-1.74)
vietnams plastics use in saddening pictures
Disposable food wrapping is also extremely common everywhere in the country
vietnams plastics use in saddening pictures
vietnams plastics use in saddening pictures
Garbage bins full to the bursting lining smaller alleys – a typical sight in the cities
vietnams plastics use in saddening pictures
Vietnam's plastic problem is exacerbated by the careless habit of littering
vietnams plastics use in saddening pictures
During the summer heat, quick iced drinks in disposable cups are extremely popular (photo: TTXVN)
vietnams plastics use in saddening pictures
Realising the rising threat to the environment, people are becoming more environmentally friendly, and are more open for biodegradable or environmentally friendly bags. However, can these more expensive alternatives really make a difference?
vietnams plastics use in saddening pictures
In early April, some supermarkets in Vietnam have made news by opting to wrap food in environmentally friendly materials like fresh banana leaves, beginning a new trend
vietnams plastics use in saddening pictures
However, not every supermarket chains use banana leaves, Vinmart has opted for biodegradable bags instead

By Tan Duong

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