The General Office of the State Council of China recently issued the Notice on Restricting the Production, Sale and Use of Plastic Shopping Bags to the People's Governments of the Provinces, Autonomous Regions, and Municipalities directly under the Central Government, the ministries and commissions of the State Council, and the directly affiliated institutions. The notice pointed out that since shopping bags have become the main source of "white pollution", in the future, local people's governments, ministries and commissions, etc. should ban the production, sale and use of ultra-thin plastic shopping bags, and will implement a system of paid use of plastic shopping bags. Since June 1, 2008, the use of plastic shopping bags in all supermarkets, shopping malls, bazaars and other retail outlets will not be provided free of charge.
Shopping malls in mainland China are in fact very promising, designing a new and fashionable environmental protection package, leading an environmentally friendly fashion.