Mexico City enacts ban on single-use plastics and straws

“To be effective, the measure requires the support of citizens … to transform our consumption habits and strive towards more sustainable lifestyles.”

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Mexico City is following China’s footsteps by placing a ban on single-use containers, cutlery, straws, cups, stirrers, and other disposable plastics. 

The city has a population of roughly 9 million and has had a year to prepare for the ban. 

Light, allegedly biodegradable bags have become more common at the city’s street food stalls. Plastic straws are offered less often. Fresh tortillas are handed over wrapped in paper or cloths that buyers bring with them, reports ABC News. 

“To be effective, the measure requires the support of citizens … to transform our consumption habits and strive towards more sustainable lifestyles,” said Greenpeace’s Ornela Garelli. 

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