Japan imposed retailers to charge plastic shopping bags to save environment by reducing producing microplastics and CO2 emission on 1 July 2020.
The retails charge a plastic bag (and some for paper bags) from range of JPY 2 – JPY 20 (ISD 0.02 – USD 0.19).
Therefore, this became a memorable last free plastic shopping bag at Precce, Tokyo Midtown Roppongi.
However, some retailers such as Meidi-Ya continues to provide free shopping bags that is categorized as biomass shopping bags.
There are three types of biomass shopping bags and they are:
First, the bag is made by more than 25 percent of biodegradable material. The Meidai-Ya provides this type.
Second, the thickness is more than 0.05 mm that allows to reuse it and it requires to state state that it is recommended to reuse the bag on the bag itself.
Third, fully (100 percent) marine biodegradable shopping bags.
We are now encouraged to use Eco Bags.
Today, I carry my favorite Eco Bag that my friend gave me years ago, could be a decade…?
I do have a collection of large and durable shopping bags that I bought in the US and given by friends as souvenirs from overseas.
I use them when I visit to COSTCO but now it would be handy when I go to any supermarkets.