Cham Islands residents refuse to use plastic bags and resort to reusable ones. Photo: Tuoi Tre Papyrus bags printed with “Say no to plastic bags” across their fronts are one of the most common gifts foreign visitors to the islands choose to bring home as souvenirs. This ‘no plastic’ spirit has embedded itself in the daily lives of local residents and steered the islands’ tourism development. The Cham Islands, a group of eight small islands, lie 20km off Cua Dai beach in Quang Nam’s Hoi An City and are managed as part of the city’s Tan Hiep Commune. Nothing is impossible! It has been almost ten years since former Hoi An Party chief Nguyen Su made it his mission to resuce the islands from drowning in a sea of plastic bags. A surge of foreign and domestic tourists to the Cham Islands can be directly linked to Hoi An’s popularity as one of Vietnam’s must-see tourist destinations. But as tourist numbers increased, so did the amount of trash, particularly plastic bags. Bags made of biodegradable materials are favored as souvenirs from the Cham Islands. Photo: Tuoi Tre Local incomes began to rise as a result of the tourism, but both local residents and… Read full this story
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