Penang (state of Malaysia) has recently extended their Green State campaign. The original "No Plastic Bag Days" on Mondays, has extended to Tuesday and Wednesday as well.
Big hypermarkets and supermarkets such as Jusco and Tesco accept the campaign with open arms.
Such a campaign is not new to Jusco as few years ago they have introduced a revolutionary biodegradable plastic bags to their customers in Malaysia. However due to the high cost charged to customers, it is not too succesful. Visit Jusco Malaysia homepage JUSCO BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC BAGS for more details.
Normal plastic bags will take decades to degrade, but the new biodegradable plastic bag will degrade after a few months to a few years for similar product. The biodegradable plastic bags look just like normal plastic bag. They are manufactured with add-on additives that help to speed up the biodegradation process.
One of the pioneer in these additives is EPI (www.epi-global.com).
The "No Plastic Bag Days" green campaign is fantastic at reducing the use of plastic bags by consumers. For some industry where plastic bags are unavoidable, the biodegradable bags are the best options.