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This post was edited by pnp at 2018-8-6 14:41|
Much publicity has been given to plastic waste, with images of plastic waste floating in the oceans, and piling up in landfills, but there is hardly any mention of the misuse of plastic bags and plastic trays for food. The Chinese use plastic bags on a grand scale, not just to carry home fruits and vegetables bought at the supermarkets or farmers' markets, but they also use plastic bags to carry piping hot cooked foods and even hot soups back home or back to their offices for lunch. They don't realise that the plastic bags leach poisonous cancer-causing chemicals when in contact with oily hot foods and soups. Another common practice is to heat up food like meat buns, dough sticks, pancakes, etc wrapped in plastic bags and thrown into the microwave ovens at supermarket delis to heat up at high temperature. The Chinese like their food hot! Again, chemicals leach into the heated foods from the plastic bags! And this one is perhaps unique to China: Food hawkers, to avoid washing dishes, place a plastic bag over a bowl and pour hot food and soup straight from the cooking pot into the plastic bag. After the customer has eaten, the hawker simply removes the plastic bag and discards it, replacing it with a new bag, saving him the trouble of washing dishes!
And in Qingdao, Shangdong Province, they even carry home beer in plastic bags; they don't know that beer and plastics don't mix well!
All these practices are a perfect recipe for cancer, one of the most common killer diseases in China. It was reported that the government has lowered the price of cancer drugs to ease the financial burden of cancer patients; perhaps it should tackle cancer at source, and look into banning the use of plastic bags for carrying cooked foods. And that's good for the envionment too!