11 Oct 2012

Cook Islands shoppers keen to replace plastic bags with reusable ones

7:05 pm on 11 October 2012

Cook Islands shoppers are embracing using reusable bags over plastic ones.

This follows a ban on non-biodegradable bags that was declared last month.

It's a joint initiative between the government and the private sector to slowly reduce the use of plastic products.

An official with the National Environment Service Rimmel Poila says there s been a positive response.

"A lot of the small retailers, they quickly changed into using the biodegradable plastic bags and then a lot of people been [sic] ringing into our office and asking for, you know, the reusable bags...just a way of promoting saying no to plastic bags."

The Cook Islands National Environment Service's, Rimmel Poila.