“Hong Kong’s First Bike Shares Get Thrown in River.”
“Sydney councils worried about dockless share bikes being ‘strewn’ across their suburbs.”
“Yellow, Submarined. Scores of oBikes Fished Out of Melbourne River.
This week marks the 2016 Songkran, Thailand’s official new year. Songkran, a Sanskrit word meaning transformation or change, holds similar meaning to other New Year celebrations around the world. This is a time for rebirth and resolution, filled with excitement for what’s to come in the year ahead.
Six years ago this week, China took proactive measures to reduce waste from lightweight plastic bags. Nationally, the Government banned stores from handing bags out for free. Stores now charge a fee for plastic bags. The 5 mao tax, equivalent to less than 10 U.S. cents, is minimal but still a deterrent for most. Over half a decade on, these moves have become part and parcel of daily life. With plenty of room for improvement though, it is important to look back on the ban’s successes and where it could go in the future.
Spend any amount of time in China and you are bound to see the ubiquitous Kai Dang Ku…open-crotched pants worn by babies everywhere. A week doesn’t pass by without seeing a tour bus full of westerners gawk at a child relieving themselves on the sidewalk, ignorant of passers-by.