BANGKOK -- The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder, noodles and, some claim, golf, but definitely not plastic. Plastic ranks as one of Asia's most useful Western imports, but it is now one of its most troubling. Some regional responses to its careless use involve new technology, while others tap into Asia's various cultures and crafts.
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Asia tackles its plastic problem with a mix of tradition and tech
Bamboo straws, edible bags and banana leaf 'dishes' offer eco-friendly alternatives