Topic Reading-Vol.2272-7/1/2018

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Topic Reading-Vol.2272-7/1/2018

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2018/07/01 Topic Reading-Vol.2272-7/1/2018

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

McDonald’s and Starbucks hit by plastics ban in India

As covered in Vol.2264, the world praised the progressive move by a Swedish furniture retailer to voluntarily abandon the sale or use of single-use plastics. On the other hand, US restaurant and coffee chains seem to suffer from damages both in the bottom line and brand recognition for not complying the laws that ban the use of single-use plastics, such as shopping bags, food containers, straws and lids for drinks and cutlery.

In fact, India is trying to eliminate single-use plastics by 2022 being alarmed by the research result that plastic is expected to weigh heavier than fish in the oceans by the middle of the century. Restrictions or bans on single-use plastics are already in place in most of the states, even though not all of them are strictly enforced.

If such bold initiatives to protect the environment can be taken in this massive democratic yet developing country, why other more established or developed countries, such as Japan and the US, haven’t taken any actions yet?

Enjoy reading and think if growing populism among democratic countries helps political leaders make a move to save the environment and the planet in a long term.

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