New Zealand announced it will ban disposable plastic shopping bags by next July as the nation tries to live up to its clean-and-green image.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealanders use hundreds of millions of the bags each year and that some of them end up polluting precious coastal and marine waterways.
A number of countries and states have introduced bans or restrictions on single-use plastic bags, including France, Belgium, Hawaii and California. But a major supermarket chain in Australia changed course several times this year after customers got angry about its plans to start charging shoppers for bags. Under its latest plan, customers at Coles stores will start paying for bags on Aug. 29.
In New Zealand, a host on a radio station was hoping to start a consumer crusade to keep the bags after being inspired by what happened at Coles. Heather du Plessis-Allan told listeners on Newstalk ZB that plastic bags were a great invention.
However, New Zealand’s Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage said that in New Zealand, the government was taking the lead so that all retailers could make the move fairly and at the same time.
disposable：用過即丟、一次性使用。例句：We should seek to reduce the use of disposable chopsticks.（我們應試圖減少免洗筷的使用。）
live up to：符合、不辜負。例句：The new house didn’t live up to her expectations.（這棟新房子不符合她的期待。）
take the lead：佔主要地位、帶頭、領先。例句：The EU took the lead in negotiating the peace deal.（歐盟在該和平協議的談判中佔主要地位。）