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Chile bans plastic bags

Chile has become the first Latin American country to legally ban the commercial use of plastic bags
Rainforest Concern: El Boldo Reserve, Valdivia, Chile

The initiative was primarily aimed at protecting Chile's 4,000 mile coastline and its exceptional biodiversity

“We have taken a fundamental step to take better care of Chile and the planet. Today we are more prepared to leave a better planet to our children, grandchildren and the generations to come”

Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile

By January 2019 all supermarkets, pharmacies and other big businesses will be banned from using plastic bags while smaller stores and businesses will be given two years to adapt to the new rules.

The legislation was proposed by Piñera's predecessor, Michelle Bachelet, who banned the use of plastic bags in Chile’s Patagonia region.

The new law is welcome news for Rainforest Concern's El Boldo and Nasampulli reserves which aim to conserve the unique biodiversity of Sclerophyll and Araucaria forests in Chile.