25 Feb 2011

Confusion over plastic bag ban in American Samoa

9:01 am on 25 February 2011

Shop owners and customers in American Samoa are trying to adjust to a new law banning plastic shopping bags, with some confused about the ban.

Last year the Government signed a law banning businesses from using plastic shopping bags, saying it was a step in the right direction towards protecting the island's environment.

Sellers at a marketplace in Pago Pago like Taimane Johnson, say they don't know what they can use instead.

"Yeah well we don't know what to use. But the EPA told us to bring the ako (bag) but that's a lot of work for the farmers and there are no coconut trees up at Aloau and A'asu so what are we going to do?"

Customers have complained that they have to pay for new environmentally friendly bags.