Cham Islands (Quang Nam province) becomes a rare place in Vietnam that said no to plastic bags for 10 years (2009-2019). Another campaign against plastic straws and boxes is now being carried out there.
Cham Islands is about 12 nautical miles from Hoi An ancient town. It owns beautiful beaches, white sand hills and large green forests.
Say no to plastic bags
It takes visitors about an hour to go to Cham Islands from Hoi An by boat. The first sight of that place visitors can see is a poster with the reminder not to use plastic bags on the island.
Besides, the message of saying no to plastic bags appears everywhere there, especially at the market.
People on the island use paper or banana leaf to wrap their products instead. They acknowledge that their activities have contributed to reducing pollution and protecting environment.
The campaign against plastic bags started ten years ago when Cham Islands became one of the destinations popular with visitors but full of plastic waste.
Pollution became a more and more serious problem there. The solution to that problem was launched by Hoi An authorities at that time: Say No to Plastic Bags.
Cham Islands has been known as the first place to say no to plastic bags in Vietnam. With the goal of a nice clean green commune, Cham Islands has been successful in the campaign against plastic bags.
It contributes to the UNESCO’s recognition of Cham Islands as a World Biosphere Reserve. The number of visitors to Cham Islands is also increasing year after year.
Say no to plastic straws and bottles
The campaign against plastic straws and bottles was launched at the end of 2018.
In cafés and restaurants there, the straws made of bamboo and reed are used stead of plastic ones, which makes visitors interested.
Thanks to the campaigns against plastic waste, Cham Islands become more and more beautiful, charming and attractive to visitors, especially to foreigners.
They want to introduce that green island to their friends and relatives, and wish to return to such a beautiful place.The campaign against plastic straws and bottles on Cham Islands is expected to be successful in a short time because it reaches a broad consensus in the community.