The National, Wednesday January 13th, 2016
TENT City Tailoring and Hand Craft Association (TCTHA) in Lae, Morobe, is preparing to showcase its members’ tailoring products to Morobe provincial government in response to banning of shopping plastic bags, a community programme coordinator says.
Mary Tremani said they were using cotton drill sanitive fiber as temporary material to showcase what they could produce while planning to import material from overseas to involve in the activity.
“We have 10 established local tailoring and hand craft women operating as informal business in the area who are keen in backing the government’s call on banning of plastic shopping bags.”
“We believe our products would be of high standard quality and environmental friendly to use.
“That is why we are planning to showcase it to Lae City Counsel Authority, district and the provincial government to seriously back this activity which would engage local women to venture the business if the burning of plastic bag is effective,” Tremani said.
The idea was in response to recent announcement by Conservation and Environment Protection Authority to enforce penalties of K50,000 fine and two-years imprisonment on manufacturing or importing of non- biodegradable plastic shopping bags nationwide.
Lae City Lord Mayor Koim Trilu Leahy said his office supported the burn, which was yet to be confirmed and commended mothers who had gone ahead to initiate the idea before the burn took effect.