Starting July this year, the Federated States of Micronesia will start banning the importation of disposable single-use plastic bags and styrofoam food service items in order to promote sustainable packaging.
FSM president David Panuelo signed the public law last week. The new law also promotes the importation of reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable plastic or green alternatives.
In order for its climate change action call to be taken seriously by the global community, Panuelo says the FSM must demonstrate courage and conviction in its actions, and compassion and care toward the environment and its citizens.
He says the FSM must lead by example and this new ban on disposable plastic, which allows the importation of reusable and recycled plastic, shows that it is possible to be environmentally conscious while still retaining sensitivity to the conveniences appreciated by citizens and the business community.
With its new green legislation, the FSM joins Palau and several other island nations in the growing movement to ban single-use plastic bags.