China’s environmental push away from plastics having knock on effects in paper industry, bubble tea shops



Sidney Leng | SCMP

The roll-out of paper straws at numerous bubble tea shops across China to replace the traditional plastic alternative is down to Beijing’s new policy initiative to reduce environmental pollution by cutting down on the use of plastic products.

By the end of last year, single-use plastic straws were banned in all restaurants, while factories must stop producing and selling non-biodegradable disposable plastic tableware, including plates and utensils, according to a policy document released by the central government last year.
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