Mexico City seeks to curb its addiction to plastic
25 April 2020 | 7:00 am
Mexico City's government is promoting indigenous and other traditionally-woven baskets and reusable bags in an effort to help residents curb their addiction to plastic, now that Mexico City has banned the use of plastic bags.
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