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Vietnam tests waters for plastic credits to fight marine pollution

New approach takes page from carbon trading but fears remain of 'greenwashing'

Coastal plastic: Vietnam is among the top five countries that send litter to sea, along with China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, according to Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit based in Washington. (Source photos by Reuters)

HO CHI MINH CITY -- It was just a reusable bag, and few people would have been as excited as Barak Ekshtein when he saw it produced at a Vietnam factory for a French grocer. The eco-entrepreneur was drawn by its blue-and-orange seascape design and a message that it was made from recovered marine plastic.

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