It was bound to happen, right? A ban is mandated on various plastic items such as retail T-shirt bags, eating utensils, straws, cups, plates, and carry-out containers. But what if millions of retail bags, utensils, straws, cups, plates and carry-out containers are not available to meet consumer demand, especially in places like China and India? The answer is simple: Sell “fake” biodegradable retail bags, eating utensils, straws, cups, plates and carryout containers. An article in the New Indian Express by Shalnu Mohan, “Fake Biodegradable Carry Bags Flood Markets,” reports that counterfeit biodegradable bags are “flooding the market” in Thiruvananthapuram, India, “following the ban imposed by the state government on single-use plastic.”
The ban, which took effect in the state of Kerala on Jan. 1, 2020, also stipulated a fine of Rs 50,000 ($700) for violating the ban. Gee, what’s a store owner to do? Use fake biodegradable bags! So, on Jan. 27, “the state government issued yet another order clarifying [that] the products banned include branded and non-branded biodegradable carry bags,” said the article.