Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) is campaigning for a reduction in the use of plastic bags in traditional markets in Jakarta.

On Friday, the officials from KLHK began campaigning for reducing the use of plastic bags at Jambul, Santa, and Tebet traditional markets in the South Jakarta area.

Apart from campaigning for a reduction in the use of plastic bags, the officials also distributed some two thousand non-plastic shopping bags to buyers and sellers at the markets.

KLHK Director General for Pollution and Environmental Degradation Control Karliansyah remarked that the campaign was conducted to encourage the public to no longer use plastic bags for shopping.

In addition, the campaign was conducted as part of the commemoration of World Environment Day, themed "Control of Plastic Waste."

"Through this campaign, we hope the public would no longer use plastic bags while shopping in traditional markets," Karliansyah remarked.

As an alternative to plastic bags, people can opt for reusable shopping bags.

During this time, people prefer plastic bags, as they are cheaper and can be used for carrying several items and discarded after use.

However, in reality, plastic bags cause pollute the environment, including the seas.

Reporter: Desi Purnamawati
Editor: Otniel Tamindael
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