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How do people live in Cu Lao Cham after nearly 10 years without plastic bags?
It is one of the most beautiful islands in Vietnam but few people knew nearly 10 years ago Cu Lao Cham beach (Quang Nam) filled with plastic bags. With the determination of the authorities and efforts of the community – On May 23, 2009, Cu Lao Cham people began to say no to plastic bags.


There are environmental staff at the pier to advise visitors not to carry plastic bags on the island.

Through 9 years of implementation, this movement has been recognized by the State, and it is a unique tourism product of the locality.


Nearly 10 years of changing habits

Before 2009, Cu Lao Cham flooded the garbage after welcoming tourists. Garbage was brought by tourists also; the wastes were made by visitors. From a pristine, clean island, Cu Lao Cham is severely polluted. Visitors come to Cu Lao Cham gradually crowed to burden huge bags of rubbish. After each surf wave, plastic bags float on the sea surface, wash to shore.


Then, in a search to cleanse Cu Lao Cham, Mr. Nguyen, former Secretary of the Hoi An City Party Committee decided to implement the plan "Say no to plastic bags". On May 23, 2009, the plan to end the use of plastic bags was officially launched in Cu Lao Cham.

Representing the determination to protect the environment and biodiversity, including sea turtles, representatives of the government and the people of Cu Lao Cham signed together to say no to plastic bags. At the press conference, the management board of Cu Lao Cham gave 50 pairs of cages to enhance the friendly alternative to plastic bags in daily activities.

The green, clean environment in Cu Lao Cham is something that any traveler feels when coming to Cu Lao Cham. Saying no to plastic bags in Cu Lao Cham not only creates a unique tourism product that also contributes to environmental protection and biodiversity conservation in the marine conservation area.

Kim Xuyen
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