Jamaica exploring use of bamboo as a substitute for plastic, Styrofoam

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, J.C. Hutchinson, addresses a JIS Think Tank on October 17. Photo: Adrian Walker

By Denise Dennis

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Bamboo is being explored as a possible alternative to the production of plastic and Styrofoam containers as the Jamaican government embarks on a policy to ban the use of the materials.

Minister without portfolio in the ministry of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, J.C. Hutchinson, said the government will be looking closely at the potential of the bamboo sector in filling the gap.

“All that is made from plastic that you can think of can be made from bamboo, so we are going to be looking at it… as an alternative for all the plastic that we are…

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