The plastic rebellion

An indigenous rebellion against plastic cups has taken hold in the Tzu’tujil Maya town of San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala. 

The only town in the country so far to ban plastic hasn’t done so solely to protect the environment from discarded tortilla bags and other refuse.

The ban on disposable plastics, enacted in 2016, is also intended to help protect cultural values by stimulating the use of locally made handicrafts such as cloth tortilla holders.

Though there has been pushback from the plastics industry, the popular tourist town has set an example for the rest of Guatemala to follow.

Source: El País

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